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Quotes of the Day for 25 February 2012 – Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born at Limoges, France on this day in 1841. He went to work painting designs on dinnerware in a porcelain factory at age twelve, running to the Louvre on lunch breaks to copy the Rococo masters. From 1862 he studied at Le Ecole des Beaux Arts, where he met Claude Monet. Along with Alfred Sisley and Frédéric Bazille they were the founders of Impressionism. Renoir veered toward realism after traveling to Spain and Italy in 1881 to study Renaissance art. Perhaps because of his early production line experience, Renoir created several thousand paintings in his six-decade career. In his later years arthritis crippled his hands, so he had a brush strapped to his wrist so he could keep painting.

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The quotes:

I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.

An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.

How is it that in the so-called barbarian ages art was understood, whereas in our age of progress exactly the opposite is true?

Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art.

The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.

Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.

It is after you have lost your teeth that you can afford to buy steaks.
     All from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841 - 1919

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