Friday, February 25, 2022

Feb. 25: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French artist


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was a French artist and a leader in the development of Impressionism, a celebrator of beauty and especially feminine sensuality. At times in his student days he could not afford to buy paint; in 1990 one of his paintings sold for $78.1 million. His sons Pierre, Jean, and Claude all became artists (an actor, filmmaker, and ceramicist respectively). Outstanding among his several thousand paintings are Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party, Girls at the Piano, and A Girl with a Watering Can.


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