Pierre-August Renoir. Self-portrait. 1875.

Who Was The Impressionist Pierre-August Renoir

Amazing paintings by French Artist Renoir for you.

Regia Marinho
3 min readFeb 26, 2022

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“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” — Renoir.

On a day like today, French painter and sculptor Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born.

February 25, 1841.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (25 February 1841–3 December 1919), was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France.

His father, Léonard Renoir, was a tailor of modest means, so in 1844, Renoir’s family moved to Paris in search of more favorable prospects.

They lived on rue d’Argenteuil in central Paris, a great place for Renoir to live…in proximity to the Louvre.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was not only a leading figure in 19th-century art, but he also had a central role in the Impressionist movement.

In his artworks he was celebrating beauty and especially the feminine sensuality.

It has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.”

Self-portrait, 1910.

Self-portrait, 1910.

Together with Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Camille Pissarro, he would go on to forge a new path and reject the classical tradition of academic French painting.

After exhibiting his work in the First Impressionist Exhibition of 1874, Renoir became successful and sought-after painter.

Ball at the Moulin de la Galette, 1876.

I think that this is the most famous of Renoir’s works and a masterpiece of Impressionism.

The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette, it is held at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (Bal du moulin de la Galette), 1876, Musée d’Orsay.

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Regia Marinho

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