Renoir had his first success at the Salon of 1868 with his painting Lise with a Parasol (1867), which depicted Lise Tréhot, his lover at the time.
recognition was slow in coming, partly as a result of the turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War.
Although the young Renoir had a natural proclivity for drawing, he exhibited a greater talent for singing.
By the end of the 1870s, particularly after the success of his painting Mme Charpentier and her Children (1878) at the Salon of 1879, Renoir was a successful and fashionable painter.
then to Madrid, to see the work of Diego Velázquez.
His father, Léonard Renoir, was a tailor of modest means, so in 1844, Renoir's family moved to Paris in search of more favorable prospects.
The location of their home, in rue d’Argenteuil in central Paris, placed Renoir in proximity to the Louvre.
During the Paris Commune in 1871, while Renoir painted on the banks of the Seine River, some Communards thought he was a spy and were about to throw him into the river, when a leader of the Commune, Raoul Rigault, recognized Renoir as the man who had protected him on an earlier occasion.
and Renoir lost not only the valuable support gained by the association but also a generous welcome to stay on their property near Fontainebleau and its scenic forest.
The owner of the factory recognized his apprentice’s talent and communicated this to Renoir’s family.
Following this, Renoir started taking lessons to prepare for entry into Ecole des Beaux Arts.
Renoir painted during the last twenty years of his life even after his arthritis severely limited his mobility.
He developed progressive deformities in his hands and ankylosis of his right shoulder, requiring him to change his painting technique.
However, due to the family’s financial circumstances, Renoir had to discontinue his music lessons and leave school at the age of thirteen to pursue an apprenticeship at a porcelain factory.