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Pierre-Auguste Renoir Pierre Auguste Renoir was a late nineteen-century French impressionist painter. His paintings were often scoffed at throughout his life, because of his lush expression of women and nature. He was considered to be one of the most famous artists of his generation.

When his paintings were first shown, they were considered to be shocking, however after some time, his works became more socially accepted.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in 1841. He attended Christian Brother's School. There, he learned the fundamentals of art. When he turned 13 years old, he found a job at Levy Freres et Compagnie, a pottery place. During his work there, Renoir took lessons in drawing from Callouette, a sculptor. When his time at Levy Freres et Compagnie ended, Renoir received a job with M. Gilbert who owned a blinds manufacturing company. Six years later, Renoir studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1964, he graduated 10th in his class of sculpture and drawing examination.

At the start of his career, Renoir was impacted greatly upon by Barbizon School, but as he grew and his talent grew, he became influenced by Monet and Sisley. Between 1874 and 1877, he was involved in the Impressionist exhibitions and was also extremely involved in the birth of the Society Anonyme des Artistes.

Renoir's career took off mostly when he began to feature hid paintings at the Salon. At the age of 40, Renoir began his three-month long tour of Italy. In observing Italian artworks and forms, Renoir improved his own works by learning about distinctness of structure, consistency of talent, and the importance of a proper outline. His painting, "The Bathers", shows the influence of Italian art on him. During this period, Renoir grew unhappy with himself and his works. which most of which he destroyed, and...