Renoir, Pierre-Auguste

[ (ren-wahr) ]

A French impressionist (see impressionism) painter and sculptor of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One of the most popular of the impressionists, Renoir is known for his extravagant use of light and color, especially red, and for frequent use of the impressionist technique of small brushstrokes. His most famous paintings include Dance at Bougival and the series The Bathers.

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