"The pain passes, but the beauty remains."
One of the founders of Impressionism, Renoir discovered his talent working in a porcelain factory painting designs on china. Following his passion, he enrolled in Ecole des Beaux-Arts studying the masters.
Renoir grew restless with realism and the limitations imposed by the Paris Salon. With other unconventional and rejected artists including Monet and Degas, he helped establish their own show in 1874 -- žSalon des RefusesÓ› -- launching the Impressionist movement.› By 1883, Renoir was firmly established, with a wide following. His work is known for his graceful depiction of the feminine and the luminescent quality of his coloring.›
As he settled into old age, Renoir was crippled with severe arthritis, which made it increasingly difficult to hold a paint brush. Not letting this stop him, he had the brush strapped to his arm, and continued to paint in this way until his death in 1919.