Pierre-August Renoir is one of the best loved Impressionist painters. He is well known for his outdoor scenes of nudes and paintings of people socialising.
Renoir was originally trained as a painter of ceramics, such as plates and vases. It took him a long time to be accepted by the fine art establishment. In 1861, he became friends with Monet and Bazille. He started as one of the Impressionists, a group that included Cezanne and Monet. They tried to paint the feeling a landscape gave them rather than the precise details of the scene itself. Renoir loved to paint real people.
Like other Impressionists, he turned his back on the French art's traditional concerns for classical subjects. Instead, paintings such as Ball At The Moulin De La Galette and Luncheon Of The Boating Party showed the Parisian working classes out drinking and having fun.
Renoir painted female nudes throughout his career and through these you can trace the many changes in his style. Nude In Sunlight is a classic Impressionist painting made outdoors. It looks more natural than later works such as The Bathers. This marked a move away from Impressionism and was obviously painted in a studio.
He often painted with Monet. There are paintings like La Grenouillere and The Path Through The Long Grass where they each painted the same view in their own way.