Pierre-Auguste Renoir [1841 – 1919]

French Impressionist artist

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

was born,

February 25, 1841

in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France

Renoir was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty and especially feminine sensuality, Herbert Edward Read says that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.

His paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In each case, his paintings demonstrate free strokes of color through which figures fuse with each other and their surroundings.

Renoir was inspired by the style and subject matter of previous modern painters Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet.

Renoir’s paintings are some of the most popular, well-recognized, and frequently reproduced images in the history of art. His work presents a vision of a forgotten world, full of sparkling color and light. He once said:

“Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.”

So here’s a glimpse of his work & words
By the Water

“The modern architect is, generally speaking, art’s greatest enemy.”

Portrait of Alphonsine Fournaise

“The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.”

Portrait of Charles and Georges Durand-Ruel
Portrait of Berthe Morisot and daughter Julie Manet

“There is something in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential.”

Mme. Charpentier and her children

“They tell you that a tree is only a combination of chemical elements. I prefer to believe that God created it, and that it is inhabited by a nymph.”

Tulip Bouquet

“God, the king of artists, was clumsy.”

Tamaris, France

“With all their damned talk of modern painting, I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black!”

The Umbrellas
Bouquet in a Box

“Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art..”

Women Bathers

“It took me twenty years to discover painting: twenty years looking at nature, and above all, going to the Louvre.”

Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
Portrait of Jeanne Durand-Ruel

“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.”

Portrait of Irène Cahen d’Anvers (La Petite Irène)

“The only reward one should offer an artist is to buy his work.”

The Grands Boulevards

Dance in the City
The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil

“The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished.”

The Large Bathers
Peaches and Almonds

“The artist who uses the least of what is called imagination will be the greatest.”

Sleeping Girl with a Cat

“Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.”

The Artist’s Family

“Be a good craftsman; it won’t stop you being a genius.”

Portrait of Paul Durand-Ruel

“You don’t talk about paintings, you look at them.”

Woman with a Mandolin

“I have arrived more definitely than any other painter during his lifetime; honours shower upon me from every side; artists pay me compliments on my work; there are many people to whom my position must seem enviable … But I don’t seem to have a single real friend!”

Flowers in a Vase

“The most important element in a picture cannot be defined.”

Gabrielle Renard and infant son Jean Renoir
The Dancer
Luncheon of the Boating Party

“To be an artist you must learn the laws of nature.”

The Piazza San Marco

“I have no rules and no methods… no secrets.”

Young Girl with Red Hair

“Religion is everywhere. It is in the mind, in the heart, in the love you put into what you do.”

Portrait of Claude Monet
Fillette au chapeau bleu (Jane Henriot)

“Shall I tell you what I think are the two qualities of a work of art? First, it must be indescribable, and, second, it must be inimitable.”

Portrait of Jeanne Samary
Dance in the Country (Aline Charigot and Paul Lhote)
Lise Sewing

“Progress in painting, there’s no such thing! …One day I went and changed the yellow on my palette. Well, the result was, I floundered for ten years!”

Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette

“One can thus state, without fear of being wrong, that every truly artistic production has been conceived and executed according to the principle of irregularity.”

A Girl with a Watering Can

“One can thus state, without fear of being wrong, that every truly artistic production has been conceived and executed according to the principle of irregularity.”

Head of a Young Woman

“Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art.”

Girl With a Hoop
Portrait of Alfred Sisley

“The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion..”

Boating on the Seine (La Yole)

“I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.”

Girls at the Piano

“My concern has always been to paint nudes as if they were some splendid fruit.”

Nude in the Sun

“You come to nature with all your theories, and she knocks them all flat.”

After The Bath

“The only way to understand painting is to go and look at it. And if out of a million visitors there is even one to whom art means something, that is enough to justify museums.”

Young Woman with a Blue Choker

“In painting, as in the other arts, there’s not a single process, no matter how insignificant, which can be reasonably made into a formula.”

The Swing (La Balançoire)

“In a few generations you can breed a racehorse. The recipe for making a man like Delacroix is less well known.”

The Theater Box
La Promenade
Two Sisters

“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.”

Julie Manet with cat


Self Portraits

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

German composer

Ernst Wilhelm Wolf [1735 – 1792]

was also born on this day,

February 25, 1735

We listen to his

Sonata in F major

performed by

Gerard van Reenen clavichord


String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 3 No. 1:

II. Adagio “Le lacrime di Petrarca”

performed by

Pleyel Quartett Köln

For more information on Renoir:









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37 replies »

  1. What extraordinary talent, Marina. I especially love the little girl in the blue dress with the watering can, but they’re all fabulous. And the quotes are a wonderful element to this awesome post. Thanks, my friend, and Happy Weekend! 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

    • Extraordinary talent indeed! So happy you enjoyed his work (and words) Thank YOU, my dear Lauren! 🤗😘
      Happy Sunday and week ahead!
      Many hugs and ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  2. Another exquisite exhibit, my friend! You always include pieces I’ve never seen before and all those wonderful quotes giving us a glimpse into an artist’s sensibilities. All are my favorites today. 🙂

    • Likewise! Sometimes we take them for granted and need a fresh look to re-appreciate the brilliance. I couldn’t stop blissfully smiling while viewing these or enlarging them.
      Glad you enjoyed, my friend.

  3. So beautiful, Marina. He was such an amazing artist and had a great variety of subjects. I love the portraits, but then I enjoyed seeing all of his paintings you showed here. The quotes are wonderful too. 😍🤗😘

  4. I adore his art. You are quite right. He was the first & second artist whose works I came to recognize, along with Toulouse-Lautrec. He is one of my faves, but there are many, now. All this art is like a box of chocolates without a map.
    Some of the paintings I’ve seen here must be utterly breathtaking in real life.

    I listened to the first piece of music, which is perfect for perusing these pics of paintings.
    I will listened to the second piece, when I’ve posted this comment.

    Aside: Do you know of a Canadian painter, Alex Coleville. He painted my very favourite work of art, ever; Horse and Train. I saw it at an art show many years ago. It mesmerized & hypnotized me, until the gallery was closing. They asked me to please leave.

    Thank you for this, and all of the wonderful art posts you do!
    Adore you, Marina!

    • I remembered I’d seen this painting but to be sure I checked and it was also fascinating reading about it [https://www.aci-iac.ca/art-books/alex-colville/key-works/horse-and-train] I can relate to not wanting to leave the gallery!
      As for Renoir, I was fortunate to see a few of his paintings and yes, breathtaking describes the feelings well!
      I like that box of chocolates without a map! Endless joy!
      So happy you enjoyed this.
      Oceans of hugs, kisses and love

      • Thank goodness for art, all arts and crafts, things we create with hands, hearts, minds ad infinitum!
        Loved the post! xoxoxoxoxoxooxo

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