Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist who was one of the most important impressionist painters and sculptors. He was born in Limoges in 1841 and began working as an apprentice in a porcelain painting company, which influenced his unique style later in life. Renoir was particularly interested in portraits, female nudes and lively scenes from social gatherings in his contemporary Paris. He used strong, bright colors and found motifs from the upper and working classes, everyday scenes, social life and landscape depictions. Although he was one of the founders of Impressionism, he later became preoccupied with line and form, inspired by Italian Renaissance art and the masters of the Baroque. Renoir later inspired artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. In his older days he was badly affected by rheumatism, but continued to paint bright, colorful pictures and create sculptures with the help of assistants. Renoir is also represented at the National Gallery in Oslo with the painting After the Bath, the sculpture The Victorious Aphrodite and the relief The Judgment of Paris.
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