was born in 1841 in Limoges, where he started as a porcelain painter.
In 1862, he became a student of Charles Gleyre and met his
influential friends: Bazille, Monet, and Sisley.
Like many of his friends, Renoir's works were often rejected
by the Paris Salon; this motivated him to participate, with the
independents, in the exhibition of 1874, which first brought the
Impressionists to the attention of the public.
Although the Impressionists shared similar color approaches
and fugitive effects of motion and light, each artist had very
much his own style. Renoir,
for instance, was a specialist of human figures among the Impressionist
artists; he was an admirer of what was beautiful in the human
body and what was pleasurable in human life. Thus, he was also a painter of happiness.
He was able to capture the essence of modern life in his
works. Scenes from
the world of entertainment -- dance hall, concerts, cafes -- were
all his favorite subjects.
Renoir suffered from severe rheumatism in his late
years, which made it almost impossible for him to paint without
having the brushes tied to his hands.
He eventually died
in 1919 at Cagnes, at the age of 78.
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