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Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French Impressionist painter as well as a sculptor In 1841 Limoges France was his birthplace He was the sixth child in his family When he was around three years old his family moved to Paris where his father earned a living as a tailor At the age of thirteen he became an apprentice learning how to paint porcelain He learned from the L fr or the Levy brothers Such talent at a young age could have been foreshadowing his promising career in the future He worked with the brothers for fours years until their firm went bankrupt After that he had many different jobs but that was when he knew he wanted to be a painter In 1860 Renoir was allowed to copy paintings in the Louvre His favorite painting then and for the rest of his life was Diana at her Bath by Boucher That painting was probable one of his inspirations for painting nude bathers not just impressions When Renoir was around twenty years old he attended Charles Gleyres studio as well as enrolling in Lecole des Beaux-Arts or the School of Fine Arts which he attended for a few years In 1864 Renoir had his first success His painting Esmeralda Dancing with her Goat around a Fire Illuminating the Entire Crowd of Vagabonds appeared at the Salon which was an annual exhibition of paintings that were selected by a jury Afterwards he destroyed that painting While painting at Gleyres studio Renoir met other young painters like Monet Sisley and Bazille whom he continued to paint with for a long time The group of Impressionists was separated during the Franco- Prussian War in 1870 Some of them volunteered some hid and Renoir waited and was sent to Bordeaux far from the fighting While he was in Bordeaux he painted portraits of his commanders Renoir painted a wide variety of subjects using oil on canvas landscapes portraits groups of
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