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A visitor walks between the "Yvonne And Christine Lerolle at The Piano" (C1897-1898) at left and "Young Girls At The Piano," (1892), both painted by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on display at one of the galleries of the Orangerie Museum in Paris, on May 2, 2006. The famed museum reopened its doors to the public after it was closed in 2000 to undergo major renovation work. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French pronunciation: ; 25 February 1841 – 3 December 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau."

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France, the child of a working class family. As a boy, he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to him being chosen to paint designs on fine china. He also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans before he enrolled in art school. During those early years, he often visited the Louvre to study the French master painters.

In 1862, he began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. There he met Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet. At times during the 1860s, he did not have enough money to buy paint. Although Renoir first started exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864, recognition did not come for another ten years, due, in part, to the turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War.

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