Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir lived from 1841 to 1919. He was a famous painter of Impressionism, perhaps the only artist who never produced a sad painting. He believed that art needs to be pretty, and eventually left Impressionism to paint classical nudes.

He was born on February 25, 1841, at Limoges, France and died on December 3, 1919, at Cagnes sur Mer, France.

The pain passes, but the beauty remains.

Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.

In 1862 Renoir began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. Masters, particularly those of the 18th century, like Antoine Watteau, François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, influenced his own painting throughout his career. He studied the art of this masters visiting the Louvre. Finding a new inspiration in nature, he, as other impressionist artists, displayed vibrant light and color instead of the somber blacks that had dominated previous painting. Gustave Courbet had also an important influence in his work.

By the Water

Before his death Renoir had a supreme triumph, he saw his portrait "Madame Georges Charpentier" (1877), hanging in the Louvre.

Some of his most famous paintings are "Le Moulin de la Galette", "Le Pont des Arts et l'Institut de France" and "The Bathers".

In his paintings women always have les visages féminins typiques de Renoir (female faces typical of Renoir).

Renoir's work seems always to be about pleasurable occasions, and reveals no great seriousness in his subjects. He apparently shocked his teacher Gleyre by saying, 'if painting were not a pleasure to me I should certainly not do it'. The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London.

On the Terrace.

See: Pierre-Auguste Renoir/Gallery

See also

View From Cap Martin of Monte Carlo, ca. 1884.
Monet painting in his garden in Argenteuil.

External links

Grand Canal Venice

Claude Monet (The Reader), 1874.
The Artist's Mother, 1860.
Crown of Roses, ca. 1858.
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