French, 1841–1919. Pierre Auguste Renoir was considered as one of the greatest modern French painters and was best known for his figurative paintings and portraitures. Before enrolling into art school, he worked in a porcelain factory and used his designs to decorate Chinese ceramics and fans. Renoir, like the Impressionists, administered bright pigments, large brushstrokes and such thick layers of paint that it would protrude from the surface of the canvas. However, in the late 1870s, his interest in the movement faded as he moved to a more conventional approach to painting. His paintings often depicted voluptuous women bathing and captured the rich colors and the sensuality of the 17th and 18th-century French art.