I have been drawn to Renoir since the first time I viewed one of his paintings. He painted women and children so beautifully.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in France to a working class family. When he was young he worked in a porcelain factory where he painted designs on fine china.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As an admirerer of beauty and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.”
He was inspired by the style and subject matter of previous modern painters Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet. After this artist experienced a series of rejections by the Salon juries, he joined forces with other artists to mount the first Impressionist exhibition in April 1874. Although the critics hated most of the impressionist’s paintings, Renoir’s work was fairly well received.
He then focused on portrait commissions and displayed mostly portraits at the second Impressionist exhibition in 1876. He contributed a wider range of paintings the next year at the Impressionist’s third exhibition. Renoir included Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette and The Swing. he broke away from the Impressionists and did not exhibit in the fourth or fifth Impressionist exhibitions, and instead resumed submitting his works independently to the Salon. By the end of the 1870s, he was a successful and fashionable painter.
Around 1892 the artist developed rheumatoid arthritis. In 1907, he moved to a warmer climate closer to the Mediterranean coast. He painted during the last twenty years of his life, even when arthritis limited his movement, and he was wheelchair-bound. He developed progressive deformities in his hands and in the advanced stages of his arthritis, he painted by having a brush strapped to his paralyzed fingers.
A prolific artist, he created several thousand paintings. The warm sensuality of Renoir’s style made his paintings some of the most famous and reproduced works in the history of art.