PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR (1841-1919)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is regarded as one of the most famous and well respected Impressionist artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Born in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France, Renoir was a working class prodigy, who studied and gained inspiration
from the French master painters Alfred Sisley, Frederic Bazille, and Claude Monet. This French artist was a leading force in the development of the revolutionary Impressionistic style, and dramatically drifted from the classical and romantic
schools of art so popular during this time.
Renoir gained initial acclaim when he displayed work in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris, in 1874. That same year two of his works were shown with Durand-Ruel in London. His maturity as a painter heightened during the mid- 1880’s as he applied a more formal and disciplined technique to his painting and portraiture style. However, after 1890 his return to the use of thinly brushed color and changed his painting direction once. This style reflected a more synthesized and airy appeal of dissolved outlines and implied imagery. This prolific artist painted with a warm sensuality, making his paintings some of the most well-known works in the history of art.