Pierre Auguste Renoir was one of the leading painters of the Impressionist group, along with Monet.
Like other Impressionists, Renoir used a brighter palette of colors than painters had been using.
These colors gave his paintings a warmer and sunnier feel. He also used different types of brushstrokes on his canvases.
Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party
Renoir’s paintings celebrate beauty. Our painting of the week is The Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Louvre museum in Paris
A gallery in the Louvre Museum
TUESDAY - Renoir's early years
Renoir was born in France. He was the son of a tailor and a seamstress. When he was about four years-old, his family moved to Paris near the Louvre art museum. As a boy, Renoir worked making porcelain designs. When Renoir was nineteen, he began studying paintings in the Louvre and copying them. He wanted to learn more, so he entered a Paris art school. Renoir struggled to make a living as an artist. He had to often depend on help from friends, since he had little money.
YouTube video - Renoir Biography by Goodbye-Art Academy (4:45 min.)
The Two Sisters by Renoir
Girl With a Watering Can by Renoir
WEDNESDAY - Renoir and the Impressionists
After many of Renoir’s paintings were rejected by the Paris art salon, he and some of his friends, including Monet and Edgar Degas, decided to show their works on their own in Paris in 1874, which became known as the first Impressionist exhibition.It was clear that the Impressionist works would be refused by theSalon, which was the important Paris art group. So the Impressionists established their own "Salon des Refuses", the show of the refused ones.
THURSDAY - Renoir's travels
Algerian Woman and Child by Renoir
Young Spanish Woman With Guitar by Renoir
For inspiration, Renoir traveled to study other artists and locations. He traveled to Algeria, then to Madrid to see the work of Velazquez.
The Assumption of the Virgin by Titian
The School of Athens by Raphael
Renoir traveled to Italy to see Titian’s masterpieces in Florence and the paintings of Raphael in Rome.
Doges' Palace (Venice) by Renoir
Renoir painted this scene while in Venice.
Guernsey Island painting by Renoir
Renoir spent one summer on an island in the English Channel where he painted scenes with the beaches, cliffs, and bays.
FRIDAY - Renoir's passion for painting
Renoir was so passionate about painting that he continued when he was old and suffering from severe arthritis which crippled his hands. Renoir then painted with a brush tied to his wrist.
By the Seashore by Renoir
Dance at Bougival by Renoir
In spite of the arthritis, Renoir never lost his love for life and painting. He lived long enough to see one of his works bought by the Louvre in 1919.
He painted a picture of flowers on the day he died. Renoir left behind over two-hundred paintings and inspired the works of many artists.