On February 25, 1842, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born! He was one of the founders of impressionism. Within the impressionist group, his work stands out as the most traditional in outlook and technique, as well as the most sensual. The artist developed a delicate touch and vibrant brushwork that were distinctly his own.
To better understand the complex nature of this artist, we suggest you familiarize yourself with some of his quotes.
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
“Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.”
“With all their damned talk of modern painting, I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black!”
“Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.”
“You come to nature with all your theories, and she knocks them all flat.”
“The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.”
“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.”
“Go and see what others have produced, but never copy anything except nature. You would be trying to enter into a temperament that is not yours and nothing that you would do would have any character.”
“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.”
Besides leaving behind over two hundred works of art, Renoir served as an inspiration to so many other artists – Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are just a few who benefitted from Renoir‘s artistic style and methods.
There’re currently several exhibitions in different parts of the world that feature Renoir‘s work, including Treasures from Budapest: European and Hungarian Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery, The National Art Center, Tokyo (December 4, 2019 – March 16, 2020); Monet to Matisse, The Baker Museum, North Naples, Florida (December 1, 2019 – March 22, 2020); Ooh La La: French Works from the Riley Collection, The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (December 21, 2019 – April 12, 2020), etc.
“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.”