Pierre-August Renoir was born into modest means on February 25, 1841. As an artist, he was a leading actor in the development of impressionism. His prolific output of some 7,000 works of art celebrated beauty in all its forms and many of his works were infused with an appreciation of feminine sensuality.
He was a contemporary of Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet and was an active participant in the Paris Commune movement.
Success was slow in coming to Renoir during his lifetime and there were times during his career when he could not afford to purchase paint.
Later in life recognition and the rewards associated with it came, but by that time he had become severely afflicted with arthritis which required adjusting his physical motions while painting and sculpting.
In 1919 he had the satisfaction of seeing several of his paintings hanging alongside those of the old masters in the Louvre. He died on December 3rd that year in the village of Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.