During each historical period, a new definition of female beauty reveals itself. Images of female beauty not only express the intimate desires of painters, but also reveal contemporary canons of beauty. A painter who loved women, Renoir revisioned the female body for the 19th century, endowing it with new appeal, primarily through the use of colour. In this voyage through the artist’s work, Renoir’s women are presented as creatures of flesh and blood, who suggest that they are capable of both giving and receiving love. The book’s convenient format makes it the ideal gift for all art lovers.