Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The trouble is that if an artist knows he is a genius he is done for. The only solution is to work like a labourer and not have delusions of grandeur.
Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-1881, The Phillips Collection Washington, DC, Is there another respected modern painter whose work is so full of charming people and attractive sentiment? Lawrence Gowing.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-02-251919-12-03) was a French artist who was a leading figure in the development of the Impressionist style.

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  • A picture should be pleasing, cheerful and yes, pretty. There are plenty of dull things in life without creating any more.
  • I had wrung Impressionism dry and had come to the conclusion that I knew neither how to paint nor how to draw.
  • I would never have become an artist if women did not have breasts.
  • One morning, one of us run out of black, and that was the birth of Impressionism.
  • The artist who uses the least of what is called imagination will be the greatest.
  • The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
  • The trouble is that if an artist knows he is a genius he is done for. The only solution is to work like a labourer and not have delusions of grandeur.
  • What seems to me most significant about Impressionism is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers without their needing to tell a story.
  • Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.

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