Renoir: His Life and Works in 500 Images

Renoir: His Life and Works in 500 Images

by Susie Hodge


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Born to a working class family in the French town of Limoges, Renoir went on to become one of Europe's most celebrated impressionist painters, with a career spanning 60 years over the 19th and early 20th centuries. He started in a porcelain factory painting designs on fine china, moving on to study art under Charles Gleyre in Paris, and working with the Masters Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Frederic Bazille. He won acclaim when six of his paintings were hung in the first Impressionist exhibition. This informative and fascinating new book looks in detail at Renoir's influences, life and works. The first part of the book begins with an examination of his style; it covers RenoirÆs techniques and training; painting copies at the Louvre, his time at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts; meeting his muse, Lise Trehot; working with fellow impressionist artists, and his struggles for recognition. The volume investigates his move away from Impressionism, his stay in Guernsey and the changes to his personal life and the way in which these informed his work. It documents his eventual success in the art world and the exhibitions and shows that were to win him fame and critical acclaim. It also considers the devastating series of illnesses and losses that blighted the end of Renoir's long painting career. The second part of the book is a comprehensive gallery showing the artistÆs work in 300 glorious pictures, each accompanied by an in-depth analysis of its context within his life, his technique and his body of work as a whole. With its engaging narrative and 500 superb reproductions and photographs, this new book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to know about this enduring artist and to enjoy his greatest works in one wonderful collection.An expert and comprehensive new reference book on the life and works of the influential impressionist artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir Offers a fascinating and lively exploration of the artist's personal life, education, artistic influences and historical context at a time when the Impressonist style was still developing Explores the artist's creative progress from copying the paintings of the Masters at the Louvre, to studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and to working with contemporaries such as Claude Monet Features an extensive gallery of paintings accompanied by an analysis of the work, and how each painting fits into the artist's entire oeuvre Beautifully illustrated with 500 outstanding colour images, covering all of Renoir's most well-known and loved paintings, as well as pictures of the artist's homes, life and family

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754823476
Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 12/02/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 586,873
Product dimensions: 9.34(w) x 11.92(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Susie Hodge has an MA in the History of Art by Research from the University of London. She has taught part-time for 15 years in secondary, further and higher education on subjects including Art & Design, History, Science and Religious Education. As an author and illustrator, Susie has written over 30 books for children and adults, on many subjects, including history, art, design and science. She has written articles and booklets and created websites for the V&A, the Museum of London, Tate and the Royal Academy, as well as giving lectures on art in history. She is the author of Monet and Cezanne in this series, and also of The Secret History of the Knights Templar (also published by Lorenz Books).

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