Renoir was able to bring life and youth to the latter part of the
nineteenth century. Women were otherwise dour and much like a troop of
old maids. Their hair was a treasure, and those who chose to keep it
long had much work to make it presentable. The simpler hairdos of the
young helped to emphasize youthfulness. Red was still a color of
excitement, and artists would often enjoy rendering them for their
patrons. The mood was peaceful and domestic, and it was suggested by
the woman's concern over braiding her hair, that this was the most she
might have to attend to in an otherwise dangerous and difficult man's
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