Date of Birth: 25/2/1841
A French artist who was one of the leading painters of the Impressionist group. Renoir was born in Limoges in south-west France. As a boy, he showed artistic talent working in a porcelain factory and was chosen to paint designs on fine china. He moved to Paris, joining the studio of the fashionable painter Charles Gleyre in around 1862. He met other painters, notably Monet and Sisley, who were later to become Impressionists. Inspired by nature and the society in which he was a part, Renoir was invited to contribute six paintings to the first ever Impressionist exhibition in 1874. Renoir travelled extensively and met with other painters in Italy, Holland, Spain, England, Germany and North Africa. His paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated colour, and always seem to be about pleasurable occasions, revealing no great seriousness in his subjects. Renoir changed his style a few times but the warm sensuality of his famous style made his paintings some of the most well-known and frequently-reproduced works in the history of art.