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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841-1919

An early 20th-century master, Pierre-Auguste Renoir created thousands of figurative prints and paintings and is credited as one of the founders of the Impressionist movement. His frequently reproduced works are appreciated for their luminous appearance, rich colors and soft, feathered brushstrokes.

Renoir was born in Limoges, France, in 1841. He began painting as a child while working in a porcelain factory, which led to a formal study of art in Paris under Charles Gleyre. In the early 1860s, he often visited the Louvre to study French master painters, and he became friends with Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, both leading Impressionists.

Renoir first exhibited his paintings in 1864, but he did not rise to prominence until his first exhibition with the Impressionists in 1874. In 1877, Renoir stopped exhibiting with the Impressionists and embarked on a series of travels. In 1881, he went to Algeria and Spain, meeting the artists Eugène Delacroix and Diego Velázquez. He continued to Rome, Sicily, Algeria and Guernsey, where he created 15 paintings in one month in the summer of 1883.

In 1890, Renoir married Aline Victorine Charigot, a portrait model and muse for many of his works. They had three sons, and in 1907, Renoir moved his family to the village of Cagnes-sur-Mer, near the Mediterranean. By this time, he had developed arthritis in his hands, and he had a stroke in 1912, after which he used a wheelchair. Renoir continued to paint for the rest of his life, even strapping a brush to his paralyzed fingers.

Shortly before his death in 1919, Renoir visited the Louvre to see his paintings now hanging next to the artistic icons that he used to study and admire. He returned to his home village and died in December of that year.

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La Pierre aux Trois Croquis
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Fairlawn, OH
La Pierre aux Trois Croquis From: Douze lithographies originales de Pierre-Auguste Renoir Publisher: Ambrose Vollard Edition: 950 (signed in the stone) on wove paper as here (see pho...
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Early 1900s Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Lithograph

“Le Chapeau Epingle”
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Southampton, NY
Original etching and drypoint on wove paper. This is the third version and the second edition printed in 1921 of Le Chapeau Epingle. Condition is very good...
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1880s Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Archival Paper, Etching

Au Bord De La Rivière By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919 French Au bord de la rivière (Along the River) Oil on canvas "Renoir may be the only great painter who has never painted a sad picture." - Octave ...
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19th Century Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Oil, Canvas

"Femme nue assise" original etching
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original soft ground etching. Catalogue reference: Delteil 12. Executed in 1906, this lovely impression on cream laid paper is from the rare 1906 first edition of "Histoire d...
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Early 1900s Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Etching

"Baigneuse Debout, a mi-jambes" original etching
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original etching. Catalogue reference: Delteil 23. This is a lifetime impression published in 1910 for the rare first edition of "Manet & the French Impressionists" by Theodo...
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1910s Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Etching

"Une Mère et Enfant (Jean Renoir)"
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Hinsdale, IL
RENOIR, PIERRE AUGUSTE (1841 -1919) "Une Mère et Enfant (Jean Renoir)" (Mother and Child) Delteil 10, Stella 10 Drypoint in color, 1896 Proof aside from the numbered edition of 100 impressions Published in “L’Album des peintres-graveurs; Ambroise Vollard Signature on the stone “Renoir” 10” x 7 3/4” Very fine impression on laid paper Renoir’s interest in the mother and child theme was awakened with the birth of his first son Pierre in 1885. In 1894 their second son, Jean, was born. This was the inspiration for this particular etching created when Jean was just two years old. Renoir was interested in Rubens and Delacroix’s rich use of color and loose rounded form which he observed in the Louvre in Paris. His appreciation is evident in this printThe simple positioning of the figures is structurally balanced, and shows Renoir looking back to Raphael’s Virgin and Child paintings...
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1880s Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Etching

Claude Renoir, la Tete Baisee (Claude Renoir, Head Lowered)
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Claude Renoir, la Tete Baisee (Claude Renoir, Head Lowered) Lithograph, 1904 Edition 1,000, this one of 950 on wove paper with the stamp signature (there were also 50 impressions pri...
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Early 1900s Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Lithograph

Les Laveuses, 2e Pensee (The Washerwoman)
By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Les Laveuses, 2e Pensee (The Washerwomen) Lithograph, c. 1910 Unsigned (as issued) Edition: c.30-50 impressions Condition: Rust spot, associated with paper manufacture, in right marg...
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1910s Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Lithograph

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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known for his Impressionist paintings. His works reflect the interest in displaying the effects of light indicative of the movement. Some of the French artist's most famous works include Luncheon of the Boating Party, Two Sisters and La Grenouillère. You'll find a variety of Pierre-Auguste Renoir art on 1stDibs.
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    Bal at Le Moulin de la Galette is probably Renoir’s most well-known painting, but he has created many works of art that are considered masterpieces. Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a well-known French painter and part of the Impressionist movement before breaking off and working on more formal paintings and portraits. Shop a selection of Renoir pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.

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