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A collection of Pierre-Auguste Renoir quotes and sayings on art, painting, beauty, color, emotion, work, passion, courage, liberty, world etc.

79 Pierre-Auguste Renoir Quotes For The Artist In You

Quick Facts

Famous As: Painter

Born On: February 25, 1841

Died On: December 3, 1919

Born In: Limoges

Died At Age: 78

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist and the pioneer of the Impressionistic style of painting. Renoir was renowned for glorification of feminine sensuality and admiration of womanly elegance. Along with Claude Monet, he gave birth to a new form of painting which emphasized on precise portraits of landscapes with gradual passage of time, with thin but perceptible brush strokes. Renoir’s collection comprised of variety of interactive, nudes and close-ups. His notable works include Bal du moulin de la Galette and Luncheon of the Boating Party. Bal du moulin de la Galette was auctioned at a record price of $78.1 million at Sotheby's New York. Catalogue raisonné, a five-volume collection of Renoir’s work, was released during the fag-end of the 21st century. La Vie et l'Œuvre de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, an account of life and works of Renoir, was released by Ambroise Vollard in 1919. We have collected some of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s notable quotes from his observations and life. Let us go through these quotes from this extraordinary artist from the 19th century.

To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The pain passes, but the beauty remains.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

What seems most significant to me about our movement is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I consider that women who are authors, lawyers, and politicians are monsters.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

If you paint the leaf on a tree without using a model, your imagination will only supply you with a few leaves; but Nature offers you millions, all on the same tree. No two leaves are exactly the same. The artist who paints only what is in his mind must very soon repeat himself.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I look at a nude. There are myriads of tiny tints. I must find the ones that will make the flesh on my canvas live and quiver.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

There are quite enough unpleasant things in life without the need to manufacture more.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Why should beauty be suspect?

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn't turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

-last words about painting, age 78... I think I'm beginning to learn something about it.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

We are in a period of searchers rather than of creators.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Go and see what others have produced, but never copy anything except nature. You would be trying to enter into a temperament that is not yours and nothing that you would do would have any character.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

It's with my brush that I make love.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

White does not exist in nature.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

You don't talk about paintings, you look at them.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

People love to be nice, but you must give them the chance.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The more they measure, the more they realize how much the Greeks departed from regular and banal lines in order to produce their effect.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I never think I have finished a nude until I think I could pinch it.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

About 1883 something like a break occurred in my work. I had reached the end of 'impressionism,' and I had come to realize that I did not know how to paint or draw.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I arrange my subject as I want it, then I go ahead and paint it, like a child.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Everybody has their reasons.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

And if out of a million visitors there is even one to whom art means something, that is enough to justify museums.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

You've got to be a fool to want to stop the march of time.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

You haven't time to think about the composition. In working directly from nature, the painter ends up by simply aiming at an effect, and not composing the picture at all; and he soon becomes monotonous.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

If the painter works directly from nature, he ultimately looks for nothing but momentary effects; he does not try to compose, and soon he gets monotonous.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I just keep painting till I feel like pinching. Then I know it's right.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Nothing costs so little, goes so far, and accomplishes so much as a single act of merciful service.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I had wrung impressionism dry and I finally came to the conclusion that I know neither how to paint nor how to draw.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

There are two indices of genuine art: it is inimitable and it is ineffable.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Out-of-doors there is a greater variety of light than in the studio, where the light is always the same. But that is just the trouble; one is carried away by the light, and besides, one can't see what one is doing.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I have a horror of the word 'flesh', which has become so shopworn.Why not 'meat'whilethey're about it? What I like is skin, a young girl's skin that is pink and shows that she has a good circulation.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

People will keep on taking them for theorists, when all they wanted was to paint in gay, bright colours, like the old masters.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I've never let one day go by without painting, or at least without drawing.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machine. [On Leonardo Da Vinci]

Pierre Auguste Renoir

On the whole, the modern palette is the same as the one used by the artists of Pompeii... I mean it has not been enriched. The ancients used earths, ochres, and ivory-black - you can do anything with that palette.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

In a few generations you can breed a racehorse. The recipe for making a man like Delacroix is less well known.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Berthe Morisot was a painter full of eighteenth-century delicacy and grace; in a word, the last elegant and 'feminine' artists since Fragonard.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Religion is everywhere. It is in the mind, in the heart, in the love you put into what you do.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

If the professional schools should succeed in producing skilled workers trained in the technique of their craft, nothing could be done with them if they had no ideal.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The simplest subjects are the immortal ones.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

An artist must eat sparingly and give up a normal way of life.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

It is impossible to repeat in one period what was done in another.The pointof view isnotthesame, anymorethan are the tools, the ideals, the needs, or the painters' techniques.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

God, the king of artists, was clumsy.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you from being a genius.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I've known painters who never did any good work because instead of painting their models they seduced them.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

To express himself well, the artist should be hidden... The trouble is that if an artist knows he has genius, he's done for. The only salvation is to work like a labourer, and not have delusions of grandeur.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I have a predilection for painting that lends joyousness to a wall.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

My concern has always been to paint nudes as if they were some splendid fruit.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Do not think that it is possible to repeat another period.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

It took me twenty years to discover painting: twenty years looking at nature, and above all, going to the Louvre.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I have no rules and no methods... no secrets.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The modern architect is, generally speaking, art's greatest enemy.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

What is to be done about these literary people, who will never understand that painting is a craft and that the material side comes first? The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

A painter who has the feel of breasts and buttocks is saved.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The purpose of painting is to decorate the walls. Therefore it has to be as rich as possible

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I have been for forty years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

What I like so much about Corot is that he can say everything with a bit of tree; and it was Corot himself that I found in the museum of Naples - in the simplicity of the work of Pompeii and the Egyptians. These priestesses in their silver-grey tunics are just like Corot's nymphs.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

A fat lot of good it would do if I told you that Titian's courtesans make you want to caress them. Some day you'll see the Titians for yourself, and if they have no effect on you, then you don't understand the first thing about painting. And I wouldn't be able to help you.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

The so-called 'discoveries' of the Impressionists could not have been unknown to the old masters; and if they made no use of them, it was because all great artists have renounced the use of effects. And in simplifying nature, they made it all the greater.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

I have arrived more definitely than any other painter during his lifetime; honours shower upon me from every side; artists pay me compliments on my work; there are many people to whom my position must seem enviable ... But I don't seem to have a single real friend!

Pierre Auguste Renoir