The Artist

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was born in Limoges. He was the son of Léonard Renoir, a tailor who moved his family to Paris. When he was thirteen, Pierre-Auguste became an apprentice in a porcelain workshop, and he took classes in art and music. In 1862, he was admitted to the School of Fine Arts in Paris, but he did not stay there for long. He became a member of the painter’s circle that included Monet, Caillebotte, and Sisley, who introduced him to outdoor painting. Today Renoir’s work is considered to be part of the impressionist movement, but he adopted several different styles throughout his very long career.

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