February 25 is French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s birthday!
Born in 1841 in Limoges, France, Renoir honed in on his artistic skills as a child while working at a porcelain factory where he was recruited to paint designs on fine china. Renoir officially began studying art in Paris in 1862 under Charles Gleyre, where he was introduced to fellow artists Alfred Sisley, Frederic Bazille, and Claude Monet.
In 1864, Renoir began showing his paintings at this Paris Salon. His work was not officially acknowledged until ten years later when six of his paintings were shown at the first Impressionist exhibit in 1874.
After many year of struggling as an artist, Renoir helped mold the Impressionist artistic movement and became one of the most esteemed artists of his time. Posthumously, Renoir’s paintings have become extremely popular; two of them have sold for more than $70 Million.
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