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'Renoir: An Intimate Biography' shows an artist scarcely hinted at in the sunny swirl of his paintings

As Barbara Ehrlich White makes clear in her new book , the famous Impressionist Auguste Renoir was mind-bogglingly prolific: 4,019 paintings, 148 pastels, 382 drawings, and 105 watercolors over the course of a 60-year career. All of those things sound like the product of a normal industrious artistic career – except the first one: over paintings. That's a painting every week, with no weeks off, for the whole of his adult life. It speaks of obsessions, compulsions, even

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