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Pierre Arguste (1841 - 1919) was born in Limoges, France. As a boy he worked in a porcelain factory, painting designs on fine china, during this time he frequented the Louvre to study the great french painters. When the factory eventually went out of business the young Renoir worked for his brother decorating fans.

In 1862 he decided to take painting seriously and studied under Charles Gleyre. At this time he would sometimes not have enough money to buy the paint he needed.

His first exhibition was at the Paris Salon in 1864, although his talent would not be acknowledged for another decade.

Renoir was significantly acknowledged for the first time when several of his works were displayed in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.

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