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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Monday, August 30, 2010

French Impressionism - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Born February 25, 1841, Limoges, France—
Died December 3, 1919, Cagnes

Believed in impressionism along with Monet and others. Some of his finest works were completed when associated with the group. However, in later years he broke away towards more disciplined and formal works, especially with woman.

Probably his masterpiece would be Bal du moulin de la Galette
as shown here. The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris. In the late 19th century, working class Parisians would dress up and spend time there dancing, drinking, and eating galettes into the evening.

In fact, Renoir painted a smaller version of this painting but it is not known which size was painted first.

( 131 cm × 175 cm (52 in × 69 in) The smaller version
measured (78 cm × 114 cm (31 in × 45 in)

Some more works by Renoir:

For more bio information on Renoir see:


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