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Renoir. The great, nineteenth century French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges on the 25th February 1841.

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Renoir The great, nineteenth century French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges on the 25th February 1841. Renoir came from a rather narrow middle class background. His family moved to Paris in 1845, hopping for better prospects, they did not get them. Renoir had almost 60 years of his life as an artist, during this time he is said to have produced about 6000 pictures. With the exception of Picasso, this was the most profitable achievement of any painter. When Renoir first showed signs of being talented at painting and drawing, he could only make use of his gift by working in a china factory. At the age of 13 he worked in a porcelain factory painting flowers and shepherd scenes onto coffee cups, bowls plates and tea & coffeepots. Renoir only spent four years as a porcelain painter. He then turned to painting lady's fans and church banners. His work's soon began to ear him money and by the time he was 21 he had enough money to join the College of Fine Art in Paris. Renoir's paintings turned out to be the most daring and progressive, of the class. Certain objects lent themselves more than others to Renoir's style of painting and drawing. Such things were tree foliage, flowers, water, clouds, smoke and skirts. Characters were meant to look graceful but casual. Renoir went on to become a great impressionist. ...read more.


His paintings turned out to be quite daring and the most progressive of all. His principle was to paint only what could be seen with ones eye and render this as faithfully as possible. The Babizon painters had started this, but most of their paintings had been done inside in the studio so they lacked the brightness that made objects beautiful, outside in the sunlight. In their task to paint nature more and more truthfully the painter cam up against the problem of coloured shadows. On close inspections the painters discovered that there are many different shades even in shadows, with blue as the predominant colour. This was something that could only be studied outside and for this reason Renoir did most of his paintings outside. What they were looking for was beauty in the life of people around them. Renoir's first masterpiece was 'LISE' of 1867, it was displayed in the Salon the next spring. It was a life-size portrait of a girl friend, Lise. The sort of portrait normally only used for royalty. Three years later Renoir used Lise as his model for his 'Woman of Algiers', a spectacular painting in oriental style, which was fashionable at the time. Now the 'impression of nature' had been put into practise in Renoir's pictures. Once the discion was made that scenes like these should be painted rather than a bathing lady, it was obvious to see that a new subject had to be matched with the artist's new styles. ...read more.


Renoir always seemed to bring his paintings to life by contrasting colours. He once said that black was the queen of colours. Renoir painted a large number of children's portraits during the year of 1876. He developed a rosy complexion to children's skin, he gave gentleness to their eyes. In his portraits Renoir gave his subjects a pose that was both natural and characteristic. He always tried to make an impression that was true to life. The seventies were such a fruitful period in Renoir's life, he also did lots of landscapes, among these was his 'Country footpath in summer', it's perticuly beautiful and quite typical. His landscapes were, nearly always dominated by flowers and other colourful effects. After 1888 all of Renoir's paintings had a beautiful quality to them. His pictures had strong sparkling colours that were evenly distributed. The colours he used had become even more bright and powerful. Whenever he painted people in a natural environment he linked their surroundings by using the same colours and textures, this kept your attention on the person. Renoir , when not under instructions, always seemed to paint overweight women, I chose him for my art project because he was one of the painters that started a whole new style of art and made art beautiful and decorative. Before art was just made to make you feel a certain way and was often ugly, from my point of view. Renoir died on the 3rd of December 1919., he is buried in Essoyes cemetery. ...read more.

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