This painting will be reproduced in the Renoir catalogue raisonné from François Daulte being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute.
Jean Renoir, the artist's son and elder brother of Claude, or 'Coco', remembered the emphasis his father placed on hands. 'He talked constantly of "hands". He always judged people he saw for the first time by their hands. "Did you see that fellow, and the way he tore open his packet of cigarettes? He's a scoundrel. And that woman: did you notice the way she brushed back her hair with her forefinger?...A good girl"...One usually looks people in the eyes to see if they are sincere. Renoir always looked at their hands' (Renoir, My Father, London, 1962, p. 17).