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Short Biography of Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was a French Impressionist painter. He met Monet and Sisley in the early 1860s and together they formed the nucleus of the Impressionist movement.

He developed a lively, colourful painting style with feathery brushwork and painted many voluptuous female nudes, such as The Bathers about 1884-1887 (Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA). In his later years he turned to sculpture.

Born in Limoges, Renoir originally trained as a porcelain painter. He joined an academic studio in 1861, and the first strong influences on his style were the Rococo artists Boucher and Watteau and the Realist Courbet, but in the late 1860s Impressionism made its impact and Renoir began to work out of doors. Painting with Monet, he produced many pictures of people at leisure by the river Seine.

From 1879 he made several journeys abroad, to North Africa, the Channel Islands, Italy, and later to the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany. After his Italian visit of 1881 he moved towards a more Classical structure in his work, notably in Les ParapluieslUmbrellas about 1881-84 (National Gallery, London).

In 1906 he settled in the south of France. Many of his sculptures are monumental female nudes not unlike those of Maillol.

Tags: painter, impressionist, brushwork, sculptures, classical

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Date Added: 06 June '12

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