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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The son of a tailor, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) studied with Monet at the classical Ècole des Beaux-Arts. As an Impressionist, he painted human figures enjoying modern pastimes in light-filled gardens, outdoor restaurants, and cafes. Soft brushstrokes and luminous color characterize his work. "For me a picture should be a pleasant thing, joyful and pretty - yes pretty!" he said. Later in life, he favored the more conservative subjects, solid figures, and centered compositions of earlier, academic art. Like fellow artists Monet and Cassatt, he wondered if the Impressionists' views of a fleeting moment in modern life would interest future generations.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Madame Henriot, c. 1876

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Madame Henriot, c. 1876

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman Standing by a Tree, 1866

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Woman Standing by a Tree, 1866

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Landscape between Storms, 1874/1875

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Landscape between Storms, 1874/1875

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Head of a Dog, 1870

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Head of a Dog, 1870

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Nude with Figure in Background, c. 1882

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Nude with Figure in Background, c. 1882

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Flowers in a Vase, c. 1866

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Flowers in a Vase, c. 1866

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman by a Fence, 1866

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Woman by a Fence, 1866

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Landscape at Vetheuil, c. 1890

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Landscape at Vetheuil, c. 1890

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a Hoop, 1885

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Girl with a Hoop, 1885

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with a Basket of Fish, c. 1889

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Girl with a Basket of Fish, c. 1889

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Riviere, 1877

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Georges Riviere, 1877

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Head of a Young Girl, c. 1890

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

Head of a Young Girl, c. 1890

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