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There are two famous paintings from the same period but in quite different style on display in National Gallery of Art:
1. "The Old Violon", oil on canvas painted by William Michael Harnett (American, 1848 - 1892) in 1886.
2. "The Dancer", oil on canvas painted by Auguste Renoir (French; 1841 - 1919) in 1874.
There are 43 paintings of Renoir in the collection of National Gallery of Art. Add his numerous drawings, prints and a few sculptures.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir with his friend Claude Monet developed the impressionist style. He was born in Limoges (half a way Paris - the Central Pyrenees). At age 21 he moved to Paris to study art. He travelled to Algeria, Spain, Italy, and the island of Guernsey (a British crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy). Renoir developed rheumatoid arthritis and moved to the warmer climate, a farm at Cagnes-sur-Mer (between Nice and Antibes), in 1907.
His painting "Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre" (Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette) was sold for $78 million in 1990 at Sotheby's, New York to Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito and is No.3 on the list of most expensive paintings ever sold (in 2006).
William Michael Harnett developed a trompe l'oeil (literally, "fool the eye"; eye-deceiving) style of realistic painting. He painted still lifes of common household objects arranged in such a way that the painting was to be mistaken for the objects themselves. He was born in Clonakilty (County Cork, Ireland) and soon moved to Philadelphia and then to New York City. He also lived in Munich and Paris.
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