Claude Renoir was born on this date in 1913 – he gained his own fame as a cinematographer, but he was indeed one of the Renoirs, the grandson of Pierre-Auguste.
It is, I think we would all agree, very difficult to be the son (or daughter) or even grandson (or granddaughter) of someone extremely famous. The only reason all those Bach boys made it probably has to do with the lack of celebrity culture in their time, but certainly since the beginning of the 20th century the world follows offspring with a laser beam.
Claude was the son of Pierre Renoir, one of the painter’s three sons, who made his living as a movie actor, all of his work in French films. Claude was also the nephew of Jean Renoir, who became a film maker and if you accept that film is an art form, then Jean has to be seen as having equalled – possibly even surpassed – his father’s achievement.
Be that as it may, the creative gene was clearly handed down by Pierre-Auguste – today’s Renoir of note is his great-grandaughter Sophie, an actress. Some great symmetry: a photograph of Sophie by – ready? – Michael Matisse. Yes, same family.
N.B. WP’s new url form is a total fail, so here’s the exact address: www.michaelmatisse.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=9&p=2&a=0&at=0
For some reason, website managers can’t quite internalize ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’