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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 25, 1841?December 3, 1919) was a French artist who painted in the impressionist style.

Renoir's paintings show vibrant light and color, and harmony of lines. Unlike many impressionists who focused on landscapes, he painted not only landscapes, but people in intimate and candid compositions?sometimes applying paint with a palette knife rather than a brush. Characteristic of impressionism style, Renoir painted not the details of a scene, but instead his figures softly fuse with one another and the surroundings, so all his strokes were visible. In his paintings from the late 1880s, the figures and scenery look more distinct from one another, but the paintings of his final years again display the softness.

His initial paintings show the influence of the artistry of Eug?ne Delacroix, and of his friend Claude Monet with whom he developed the impressionist style. The influence of Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, and Camille Corot is also seen in his work.

In the late 1860s, obsessed with painting light and water, he and Monet discovered that the color of shadows is not brown or black, but the reflected color of the objects surrounding them.

One of the best known impressionist works is Renoir's 1876 Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette), which depicts an open-air scene, jammed with people, of a popular dance garden on the Butte Montmartre close to where he lived.

A prolific painter, he made several thousand paintings.

The warm sensuality of Renoir's style made his paintings some of the most well known and frequently reproduced works in the history of art. ...

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