Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France, the child of a working-class family. As a boy, he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to his being chosen to paint designs on fine china.Before he enrolled in art school, he also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans .During those early years, he often visited the Louvre to study the French master painters.

Fast Facts Born: February 25, 1841, Limoges, FranceDied: December 3, 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer, FranceSpouse: Aline Charigot (m. 1890)Children: Jean Renoir, Pierre Renoir, Claude RenoirPeriods: Impressionism, Modern art

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Studys In 1862, he began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. There he met Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet.At times, during the 1860s, he did not have enough money to buy paint. Although Renoir first started exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864,recognition did not come for another ten years.

Renoir experienced his initial acclaim when six of his paintings were hanging in the first Immpressionist Exhibition in 1874. Two more were shown in Durand-Ruelin, London. Afterthis he Married one of his artist friends, Aline Victorine Charigot. He had 3 sons with her. he painted many pictures of his family during his adult life.

Around 1892, Renoir developed rheumatoid arthritis.Renoir painted during the last twenty years of his life even when he was wheelchair-bound and arthritis severely limited his movement. During this period, he created sculptures by cooperating with a young artist, Richard Guino, who worked the clay. Due to his limited joint mobility, Renoir also used a moving canvas, or picture roll, to facilitate painting large works.In 1919, Renoir visited the Louvre to visit hi piaintings hanging with the masters. He died in the village of the Cagnes-sur-mer, on December 3.


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