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In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter. Recounting Pierre-Auguste's extraordinary career, beginning as a painter of fans and porcelain, recording the rules of thumb by which he worked, and capturing his unpretentious and wonderfully engaging talk and personality, Jean Renoir's book is both a wonderful double portrait of father and son and, in the words of the distinguished art historian John Golding, it "remains the best account of Renoir, and, furthermore, among the most beautiful and moving biographies we have."
Includes 12 pages of color plates and 18 pages of black and white images.
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This is a wonderful book about Renoir. After reading "Luncheon of the Boating Party", I wanted to know more about Renoir. I loved the book; it's full of interesting facts. However, the writing is not great. Sometimes I had to read a sentence twice, in order to know exactly what the writer meant. A good read, if you want to know details about Renoir the man. I recommend it.