Sunday, February 20, 2011

Early Renoir - From Porcelain to Portraits & the Franco-Prussian War

.Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Jeanne Samary 1877
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, France, the 6th child in a working class family. When he was 13, Renoir apprenticed to become a painter in a porcelain factory. He made extra cash painting religious hangings for missionaries & decorations on fans. When he was 21 in 1862, he began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. Many times during the 1860s, he did not have enough money to buy food or paint. Although Renoir first started exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864, recognition did not come for another 10 years, due, in part, to the social & economic turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War. Renoir experienced his initial critical & economic acclaim, when 6 of his paintings hung in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Nini Lopez 1874
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Nini Lopez 1876
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Woman Wearing White Frills 1880
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) A Young Woman 1876
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Jeanne Samary
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Madame Henriot 1876
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) La Couseuse c 1875
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Braiding Her Hair 1876.