In this unique film created a few years before his death, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is painting. And also smoking! During this tough period of his life, Renoir worked in constant pain due to severe rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that left him unable to walk, with a permanently clenched hand, and nearly paralyzed. When asked by Henri Matisse why he kept painting, Renoir replied:
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.