Painter of the Week: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Today: Mme. Charpentier and her children, 1878, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Mme. Charpentier and her children, 1878, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.”. Pierre-Auguste was the father of actor Pierre Renoir (1885-1952), filmmaker Jean Renoir (1894-1979) and ceramic artist Claude Renoir (1901–69). He was the grandfather of the filmmaker Claude Renoir (1913-1993), son of Pierre.