I missed wishing Renoir a Happy Birthday yesterday. We shouldn’t let the day pass without recognizing his wonderful talent. “Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Viene, France, the child of a working-class family. As a boy, he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to his being chosen to paint designs on fine china. Before he enrolled in art school, he also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans. During those early years, he often visited the Louvre to study the French master painters.” Read more about Renoir here.
What strikes me most now about Renoir is all that I have read about his late life when he developed rheumatoid arthritis but continued to work by strapping brushes to his hands when he could no longer hold them. Amazing!
Here are three pictures of Renoir. A photograph taken near the end of his life. The others are two self-portraits (selfies!)..one from 1875 and the other in 1899.