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Renoir: an intimate biography

Title: Renoir: an intimate biography 
Author: Barbara Ehrlich White 
Publisher: Thames & Hudson 
Theme: Biographies 
Format: Hardcover 
Pages: 246 
Dimension: 17 x 25 cm 
Language: English 
Release date: October 2017 
ISBN: 9780500239575 

Summary: 

A major new biography of this enduringly popular artist by the world’s foremost scholar of his life and work

Expertly researched and beautifully written by the world’s leading authority on Auguste Renoir’s life and work, Renoir fully reveals this most intriguing of Impressionist artists. The narrative is interspersed with more than 1,100 extracts from letters by, to, and about Renoir, 452 of which come from unpublished letters. Renoir became hugely popular despite great obstacles: thirty years of poverty followed by thirty years of progressive paralysis of his fingers. Despite these hardships, much of his work is optimistic, even joyful. Close friends who contributed money, contacts, and companionship enabled him to overcome these challenges to create more than 4,000 paintings. Renoir had intimate relationships with fellow artists (Caillebotte, Cézanne, Monet, and Morisot), with his dealers (Durand-Ruel, Bernheim, and Vollard) and with his models (Lise, Aline, Gabrielle, and Dédée). Barbara Ehrlich White’s lifetime of research informs this fascinating biography that challenges common misconceptions surrounding Renoir’s reputation.

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