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Pierre Auguste Renoir

1841-1919

Pierre Auguste Renoir, better known as Auguste Renoir, was born in 1841 in Limoges. A great French figurative painter, he painted many portraits, landscapes and nudes, and was particularly influenced by Eugène Delacroix. He is nowadays considered one of the greatest representatives of the French impressionist movement.  Renoir began his career as an apprentice in a porcelain workshop. Then he entered the School of Fine Arts in Paris in 1862, where he met already established painter such as Monet, Bazille and Sisley, with whom he became friends. In the late 1860s, he regularly painted outdoors in the forest of Fontainebleau.