Renoir's Paintings


Renoir was instrumental in inventing the Impressionist style in the late 1860s, working with Claude Monet, but Renoir’s art has a very human quality that distinguishes him.


In 1841, Renoir was born in Limoges, France. Even though the young Renoir possessed a natural flair for sketching, he excelled at singing. His tutor, Charles Gounod, encouraged his gift.

adult years

The subject matter and style of prior modern artists Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro influenced Renoir’s paintings.

adult years

Following a succession of disappointments by Salon juries, Renoir collaborated with Sisley, Monet, Pissarro, and several other painters to stage the first Impressionist show in April 1874, in which he presented six works.

later years

Renoir was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1892. Renoir produced over the last 20 years of his life, despite having terrible arthritis that interfered with his mobility.

renoir's artworks

Renoir’s artworks are known for their vivid light and rich color, with the majority of his subjects depicted in personal and frank setups. Renoir’s artworks indicated the nuances of a scenario with loosely brushed bits of color.


Renoir was the first Impressionist to recognize the constraints of an art form focused solely on optical sensibility and light influences.


Some of Renoir's most notable works include By the Water (1880), Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881), Two Sisters (1881), and Dance at Bougival (1883).