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Renoir was born the son of a tailor on February 25, 1841 in Limoges, France. Early in life he moved to Paris with his family. At age 14, he became an apprentice as a porcelain painter. He became so adept at this he might have spent the rest of days doing this type of work, but fortunately the firm went bankrupt in 1858. Although he dabbled in several different jobs, but it seemed his earliest job convinced him to attempt to become a full time painter.



Renoir began copying famous paintings in the Lourve. At this time he began attending the studio of Marc-Gabriel-Charles Gleyer, a Swiss teacher who offered practical instruction to a number of artists. Along with this he began attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. All of these events shaped his future.













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