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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

A leading painter of the Impressionist group, Renoir (1841–1919) evolved a technique of painting broken, rhythmic brushstrokes that captured the shifting quality of light. His paintings are notable for their saturated color and vibrant light, and characterized by a richness of feeling and a warmth of response to the world and people in it. Many of his early works focus on people in intimate and candid compositions, snapshots of life in modern France.

A prolific artist, Renoir created several thousand paintings. He painted late into his life in spite of his advanced arthritis, having to paint by strapping a brush to his paralyzed fingers.