PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was one of the leading painters of the Impressionist group. Renoir evolved a technique of broken brushstrokes and used bold combinations of pure complementary colours to capture the light and movement of his landscapes and figurative subjects.
Renoir studied in the studio of the academic artist Charles Gleyre in the 1860s. It was here that Renoir became great friends with Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille and Alfred Sisley, with whom he established the Impressionist movement. These artists began to paint directly from nature en plein air with rapid, textured brushstrokes that sparkled with colour and light.
Renoir's paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated colour, most often focusing on figures in intimate and candid compositions. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of colour, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.