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RENOIR Pierre Auguste The Sleeping Bather 3 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2012


A numismatic masterpiece, made of 3 oz of pure silver 999 with 16 authentic swarovski crystals inlaid in this 55 mm coin, issued by Cook Islands. Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. A celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality.

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Pierre Auguste Renoir
Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was one of the most well known leaders of the Impressionist painting movement that was defined by visible brush strokes, ordinary subject matter with an emphasis on light and unusual angles. Renoir has many famous paintings hanging in well-known galleries all over the world, with several included in The Louvre in Paris.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was the son of a tailor, whose father moved to Paris in 1845. At age 13 Renoir was sent to work as an apprentice to a painter in a chinaware factory. It was there he learned to imitate some of the great painters of the 18th century.

When he was 21 he became a member of the studio of M.G.C. Gleyre, and became friendly with contemporary artists of the time, including Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Jean Bazille.

Renoir's early works were not well received, as the Impressionist Movement's revolutionary approach to art had not yet become generally accepted. Renoir adopted a very distinctive style using rich colors and delicate brush strokes. Renoir's paintings generally depict people as opposed to nature and landscape.

During the last 20 years of his life Renoir was crippled by arthritis and although he was unable to move his hands freely, he continued to paint, by strapping a brush to his arm.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2012
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)55
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.897
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
This coin depicts "The Sleeping Bather" ("The Sleeper" o "The Sleeping Woman"), a masterpiece of French painter Pierre Auguste Renoir, a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.". The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.