Renoir Filmed Painting at Home (1915) [video]

Be sure to watch this rare 1915 footage of renowned impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, sitting in a chair occasionally painting, smoking, and talking to his companions. He looks to be just as much in his element as he might have been as a younger man, however, the difficulties of age are obvious and striking.

You may never look at a painting by the French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in quite the same way after seeing the footage… which is also from Sacha Guitry’s Ceux de Chez Nous. Renoir suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis during the last decades of his life. By the time this film was made in June of 1915, the 74-year-old Renoir was physically deformed and in constant pain. The painter’s 14-year-old son Claude is shown placing the brush in his father’s permanently clenched hand.

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