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Pierre Auguste Renoir ( 1841 - 1919)
Pierre-August Renoir was born in Limoges 25th Feb 1841 one of five sons of a tailor of modest means. In search of work, the family moved to Paris in 1845 where in due course Renoir was to become apprenticed to a porcelain painter. The family lived in some poverty and Renoir also painted backcloths, murals and fans in order to earn money. He was able to enrol in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied in the atelier of Marc Gabriel Charles Gleyre 1808-74, the renowned painter of historical subjects. It was there that he came to know Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet and Jean Frédéric Bazille.