Pierre Auguste Renoir suffered from rheumatism and was crippled. He painted using a paintbrush tied to his wrist. This caused him to adopt a painting style of light and wispy brushstrokes that in turn create something of a dreamy, cloudy impression of the subject. Renoir's paintings dealt with light and atmospheric effects within environments, same as Monet, but his art took a step closer to a form of sentimentality. He communicated a feeling along with each of his works; that, looking at a painting such as this (a portrait of Édouard Manet's niece), we can almost feel the softness of the subject's nature. This young girl is painted with delicate brushstrokes to convey the gentleness of her character—and also the frailty of her condition. This portrait was created just two years after the death of her father. In less than a year she would become an orphan.