The models used for The Loge were Renoir’s brother, Edmond (who was purported to have adored him) and Nini Lopez. Miss Lopez was one of M. Renoir’s models who left him after this painting to marry a “tenth rate actor”.
The theater box setting was familiar to art patrons of the day as a place of intrigue.
Contemporary critiques noticed the gentleman using his opera glasses, not to see the play more clearly, but to observe the other beauties in attendance.
This was noted by some critics as a caution to women not to be too complacent, even while wearing the most current of fashion.
Original Painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1874)