365 Days of Art: August 26 – Renoir Is Drafted Into the Army
August 26, 1870
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is drafted into the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the French Army. Several other of his Impressionist peers, including Monet, also serve in the Army because they are too poor to buy themselves an exemption. In fact, Monet credits his time in the Army looking at different landscapes as invaluable training for his painter’s eye.