Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 

 


Renoir's Timeline

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Written by Peter Imialek

 

1841 (birth) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir is born in Limeges, Haute-Vienne, on February 25th to working class parents. As a boy he works in a porcelain factory.

1862 (age 21) - Renoir moves to Paris and begins to study art under Charles Gleyre. There he meets Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet.

1864 (age 23) - The Paris Salon begins to exhibit Renoir's works for the first time. Throughout the 1860s, Renoir suffered financial hardships and at times did not have enough money to buy paint.

1871 (age 30) - Members of the Paris Commune almost murder Renoir while he paints on the bank of the Seine, thinking he is a spy.

1874 (age 33) - A ten-year friendship0 with Jules Le Couer and Renoir's family ends. Renoir loses access to Le Couer's beautiful and scenic estate near Fontainbleu and must change his painting subject. Six of Renoir's paintings are exhibited at the first Impressionist Exhibition.

1881 (age 40) - Renoir travels to Algeria, Spain, and Italy.

1882 (age 41) - Renoir meets Richard Wagner at his home in Palermo, Sicily, and paints his portrait in just 35 minutes. He then returns to Algeria for six weeks to treat the pneumonia he has contracted, which will cause permament damage to his respiratory system.

1883 (age 42) - Spending the summer in Guernsey, Renoir finishes fifteen paintings.

1885 (age 44) - Aline Victorine Charigot, Renoir's mistress, gives birth to his illegitimate son, Pierre.

1887 (age 46) - Queen Victoria celebrates her Golden Jubilee and Renoir donates several of his paintings as a token of his loyalty.

1890 (age 49) - Renoir marries Aline Victorine Charigot.

1892 (age 51) - Renoir develops rheumatoid arthritis.

1907 (age 66) - Renoir moves to a farm at Cagnes-sur-mer, close to the Mediterranean coast.

1919 (death) - Renoir visits the Louvre one last time to see his paintings hanging with the old masters. He dies in Cagnes-sur-Mer on December 3rd.

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