Pierre-Auguste Renoir  (French, 1841-1919) 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir Biography
1841   Born: in Limoges, France
1854   Began apprenticeship as a porcelain painter at Levy frères
1860   Gained permission to copy in the Louvre
1861   Attended the studio of Swiss teacher Marc-Gabriel-Charles Gleye
1862   Enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in the studio of Charles Gleyre, where he met artists such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisely, and Jean Frederic Bazille
1866 - 1867   Rejected by the Salons
1869   Renoir and Monet worked together to produce landscape paintings in the Impressionist style
1870 - 1877   Began to exhibit with a group of Impressionists and experienced a period of heavy criticism followed by successful participation in the official Salons
1878   Accepted to the Salon and shows four works there in 1879
1880   Concentrated on painting the female figure and became widely known for his paintings of voluptuous nudes adorned with jewels and trinkets
1912   Enjoyed tremendous success as a ranking officer of the Legion of Honor and widely sold painter; exhibited in four solo shows and seven group shows in this year alone
1919   Died: in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
Selected Exhibitions
2010 - 2011   Passion for Renoir. The Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA;National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia; The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2010   Renoir - Tradition and Innovation - NMAO National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka, Japan; The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Late Renoir, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Masterpieces from the Pola Museum of Art: Impressionists and Ecole de Paris, The Pola Museum of Art, in Sengokuhara, Japan
2009 - 2010   Renoir au XXe siècle, Galeries nationales, Grand Palais, Paris, France (solo)
2008   Renoir as Printmaker, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (solo)
2007 - 2008   Renoir Landscapes, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON (solo)
2007   Renoir Landscapes 1865-1883, The National Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2003   Journey Through Impressionism, Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH (solo)
2001   Renoir: From Outsider to Old Master, 1870-1892, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1998   Renoir's Portraits, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
1997   Renoir Portraits: Impressions of an Age, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of an Age, National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON (solo)
1985   Renoir, MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA (solo)
Renoir, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France (solo)
Renoir, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1975   Auguste Renoir, Graphic Work, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI (solo)
1973   Paintings by Renoir, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
1883   Durand-Ruel Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Selected Public Collections
  Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, São Paulo, Brazil
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, France
Musée National de l´Orangerie, Paris, France
Musée d´Orsay, Paris, France
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts - Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan
NMWA The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Denmark
Tate Britain, London, UK
Tate Modern, London, UK
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC