• Ben Samuel

Rare footage of Pierre-August Renoir

Rare footage of Pierre-August Renoir (1841 - 1919) painting at home (1915) aged 74. Also present his son Claude who helps to arrange the palette and brush in his hands due to his severe rheumatoid arthritis.


His son Jean Renoir described his father's arthritis in his book Renoir, My Father..


"His rheumatism had made the joints stiff and caused the thumbs to turn inward towards the palms, and his fingers to bend towards the wrists. Visitors who were unprepared for this could not take their eyes off his deformity."


Music: C. Debussy - Prelude No.4



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