This was an artist who produced upbeat work throughout his career, despite feeling anything but in the majority of his days.

Renoir artwork would provide the artist with an escape to a world of light and colour, similar to the likes of Van Gogh who used their skills as a form of therapy.

Forward-thinking Pierre-Auguste was passioniate about developing the Parisien art scene which at that time he found too traditional, stuffy and academic. His work would capture modern French life much as achieved by Edgar Degas and members of the impressionist movement.