Grand Palais Showcases Artwork from the Second Half of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Career


A visitor looks at "le concert", (The concert), an oil on canvas by French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, seen at the Grand Palais, in Paris, as part of the "Renoir in twentieth-century" exhibition running from Sept. 23 untill Jan. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS.- “I’m starting to know how to paint. It has taken me over
fifty years’ work to get this far and it’s not finished yet,” declared the
artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) in 1913, at a time when a major
exhibition of his work
, including the large nudes painted at the turn
of the twentieth century, was on show at the Bernheim Jeune gallery in Paris. It
was a revelation. Guillaume Apollinaire was lavish in his praise for the man he
considered “the greatest living painter”: “Renoir grows greater all the
time. His latest paintings are always the most beautiful. And the most
youthful.” Exhibition running from Sept. 23 until
Jan. 4, 2010 at the Grand Palais, Paris.