“Impressionists on the Seine”

Next spring’s showers won’t dampen your spirits when you’re protected from the elements by an elegant parasol! The Luncheon of the Boating Party umbrella ($35, pictured) is just one of dozens of gift possibilities Inauguration Weekend visitors will find waiting for them in the museum shop once they’ve viewed the Phillips Collection’s “Impressionists on the Seine.” The blockbuster exhibit contains 60 fine oil paintings by Monet, Manet, Sisley, Pissarro, Caillebotte, Morisot, and Renoir, but the gift shop features dozens more delightful surprises. What budding plein air painter wouldn’t like to carry her supplies into the countryside in a Monet “Waterlilies” tote ($30, pictured) or a Phillips Collection pop tote with drawstring closure from Annapolis’ Bags by Mimi ($37.95)? And what hungry chef wouldn’t care to adapt the recipes of the masters to his own kitchen, with Renoir’s Table and Monet’s Table from Galison Cookbook Cards ($8.95 each)? A man who enjoyed life’s pleasures, Renoir would have loved sipping from his own ceramic Boating Party mug ($9.95, pictured), while the intellectual Manet would have relished passing the hours with jigsaw-puzzle versions of his compatriots’ canvasses (ask for prices). With his fascination for technology, it’s Sisley who would have appreciated the recycled rubber Renoir Two Sisters mousepad ($20) and the Impressionists Calendar CD-ROM ($29.95). Sadly, the great artists can no longer take pride in the fruits of their labors, but you may luxuriate in the splendor of their achievement for a few more weeks. At the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $8-10. (202) 387-2151. (Glenn Dixon)