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"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1841 in France and died in 1919.

One of the founders and leading painters of the Impressionist movement, Pierre-Auguste Renoir studied at the ‘Ecole des Beaux-Arts’ in Paris. His early works are typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colors and light. The subjects he paints - pretty children, flowers and parties - have instant appeal. By the mid-1880s, he breaks with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings. At the same time he turned from contemporary themes to more timeless subjects, particularly nudes, but also portraits of young girls in unspecific settings. As his style became grander and simpler he also took up mythological subjects and the female type he preferred became more mature and ample.