Renoir was born in France in 1841, the son of a working class family. He spent his years studying at art school and the Louvre. Six of his paintings were hung in the first Impressionist exhibit in 1874. This painting is included in the gallery because it is an ideal model of impressionist art. The pastel colors and soft movement and lines of a Parisian street. The street reminds me of a when I went to Florence and we would cross the bridges. The sun was shinning, people were out and talking, shopping, going to work. It feels like a nice summer day in the city.