Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist known for his Impressionist paintings that depicted scenes of everyday life. Born in Limoges in 1841, Renoir moved to Paris in his teens to study art. In the 1860s, he became friends with fellow artists Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Frédéric Bazille, and together they formed the core of the Impressionist movement.Renoir's paintings were characterized by their loose brushwork, bright colors, and focus on the effects of light. He often depicted people in his paintings, particularly women, and his portraits and nudes are some of his most famous works. Later in life, Renoir's style evolved and he began to use more classical forms and brighter colors, creating works that were influenced by the Rococo period.Renoir's work was controversial at the time, but today he is recognized as one of the greatest painters of the 19th century. His legacy continues to influence artists and art lovers around the world.