Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Birthday
25, 1841
Birthplace
Limoges, France
Death Date
Dec 3, 1919 (78)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
25, 1841
Birthplace
Limoges, France
Death Date
Dec 3, 1919 (78)

About

Impressionist painter whose best-known works included "The Swing" and "Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette." He loved vibrant, saturated colors and often painted female nudes. He was inspired by colorism and realism.

Before Fame

He worked in his youth as a fine china painter at a porcelain factory. His art studies began with the famed Charles Gleyre in 1862. He also came under the influence of Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, and Frédéric Bazille.

Trivia

He developed crippling arthritis in his later years but continued to paint up until his death. He was best remembered for his images of women and of Parisian Bell Epoque society.

Family Life

He fathered three sons: actor Pierre Renoir, filmmaker Jean Renoir, and ceramic artist Claude Renoir. His grandson, Claude Renoir, also became a filmmaker.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of the French Pointillist painter, Georges Seurat.