(Mary Evans/Interfoto/Sammlung Rauch)

to avoid skin irritation and that he could actually still hold the brushes himself), so that he could continue with the enduring love he had for his masterpieces. Renoir’s paintings are often described as being easily recognizable for their use of bright colors and bold lines. He developed a sunny, joyful, outlook in his works and spent his early years sketching on the banks of the Seine, alongside Monet. It was this time of experimentation with Monet that led to the use of bright colors that became so central to the Impressionist movement. He didn’t consider his works moralistic or political and he often represented non-serious themes. He had a complete mastery of facial features, making his portraiture commissions engaging and particularly lifelike. He loved to paint women and he was always sympathetic and generous in his depictions of women. One of the other areas in which he excelled was the “movement” he created within his pieces, particularly when painting water – the fast, fragmented brushstrokes with the light effects of the sun beaming down and the shadows created by the subjects he painted are simply breathtaking and unique. It is cited that Renoir only ever used five colors on his palette because his time as a highly revered porcelain painter at the very beginning

 ABOVE: Exhibitions of art took place at the Salon de Paris on an annual basis; this illustration is c. 1868.  BELOW: A caricature of photographer Nadar. The Impressionist artists held their first exhibition at his studio.

(Mary Evans/Library of Congress)

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