is one of the greatest Impressionist artists of all times. He is perhaps best loved for his paintings of pretty children, flowers, beautiful scenes, and above all, beautiful women. The warm sensuality of Renoir’s style has made his paintings some of the most well-known and enjoyed works in the history of art.
Renoir was a central figure in the emergence of the Impressionist movement which began in France during the second half of the nineteenth century. Artists Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Jean Frédéric Bazille, among others, were friends of Renoir and shared his enthusiasm for the impressionist style. They had grown tired of the “Old Masters” stiff and structured art style and wanted to bring a richness of feeling and warmth into their paintings.
Life was not easy for these artists. It took some time for the art community to accept and appreciate this new and emerging style, and the artists often lived in poverty. There were times during the 1860s when Renoir didn’t even have enough money to buy the paint to put on his canvasses.