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Pierre Auguste Renoir was one of the greatest members of Impressionism

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Pierre Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges in 1841 and lived in Paris from his early childhood, soon expressing a great interest in the art that led him to study drawing attending evening classes and working on the decoration of porcelain during the day. In 1862 he was admitted to the school of fine arts and met fellow painters with whom he went to paint en plein air: Sisley, Bazille and Monet. Painting in the open air allowed us to capture shades of light that led to the real essence of things. He understood that the color of the shadows depended on the color that the surrounding objects reflected. He exhibited in 1864 with his Impressionist friends and in 1870 took part in the Franco-Prussian war. He was always in financial difficulties, but he dedicated himself to painting with passion. In 1880 he met Aline Victorine Charigot, his model, lover and wife who introduced him to the countryside around Essoyes, which would become the artist's dearest summer residence for several decades. In 1881 he sold some works forgetting finally the financial difficulties and left early to visit Italy and Algeria.

After his trip to Italy, his painting moved away from the Impressionist movement towards a style closer to Classicism. After 1890 there was another change in his way of painting and he dedicated himself to the nudes. The painter had three children: Pierre, Jean and Claude. In 1900 he was proclaimed Knight of the Legion of Honour and moved to the south of France because of rheumatoid arthritis that did not prevent him from painting until his death, which occurred in 1919, a few years after that of his beloved wife. During his life he painted more than a thousand canvases. He was not an admirer of Van Gogh or Gauguin, but of young Modigliani. His son Jean, a famous film artist, wrote his father's biography: "Renoir, my father" containing several anecdotes about the famous Impressionist painter.

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Dance at Bougival (particular)

"Dance at Bougival" was made in 1883. This painting by Renoir is now kept in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; it was paid $ 150,000 in 1937. The...

Luncheon of the Boating Party

“Luncheon of the Boating Party” (Le déjeuner des canotiers) is an oil on canvas painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir dated 1880-1882 and conserved at...

The Rower's lunch

The original work is dated 1875 and is kept at The Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Renoir paints three subjects, two men and a woman who, sitting...

Dance at the Moulin de la Galette

The Dance at the Moulin de la Galette is considered one of the highest masterpieces of early Impressionism. In this picture Renoir wants to portray...

On the terrace

The original work is dated 1881 and is kept at The Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Renoir calls the painting "Two Sisters", which is precisely its...

Jeanne Samary in a Low Necked Dress

The original work is dated 1877 and it is kept at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia. Renoir paints draws actress Jeanne Samary sitting at a...

The Umbrellas

The original work is dated in the period which goes from 1881 to 1886. Pierre Auguste Renoir uses a different technique on the right side of the...

Sunset at Douarnenez

The original work dates to about 1883 and it is kept in a private collection. Renoir depicts a beautiful sunset in the Breton port town of...