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Pierre Auguste Renoir Background Information Pierre Auguste Renoir was born on February 25 1841 in Limoges France In 1845 his father a tailor by trade moved his family to Paris in hopes of finding his fortunes in the capital They moved into a small apartment building which has been part of a sixteenth century housing complex for the Palace Guard He developed throughout his childhood an intense love of the city and its people wwwaugusterenoircom Renoir was not an exceptional student Perhaps this was due to his generally shy and quiet personality He had a terrible fear of drawing any attention to himself and retained this dislike throughout his career Although Renoir had three brothers he always felt much closer to his mother and Lisa his sister As a child Renoir was constantly doodling in his schoolbooks or drawing on the floors at home He would quickly sketch anything in sight During this same time young Renoir joined the choir at the church of St Eustache At the age of thirteen Renoir began work as an apprentice in the porcelain craft shop of Levy Freres et Compagnie wwwaugusterenoircom At age of sixteen Renoir unveiled his first oil painting This critical moment met with praise from his city and his parents However it would be some time before Renoir would consider himself an artist He continued to paint porcelain until automation rendered hand decoration obsolete Since his fans required different subject matters and themes than the porcelain Renoir renewed his visits to Louvre in search of workable ideas He discovered the sensuous sometimes frivolous works of Fragonard Boucher and Watteau His taste in art was being formed As he later started about Bouchers Diane au bain it was the first picture to thrill me and Ive continued to love it all my life as one does love ones first loves Tyler 37 In 1862 he had saved sufficient money to enable him to study
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