Renoir: Dance at Bougival

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Dance at Bougival , 1883
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

I can’t look at this familiar painting without feeling happy.

Renoir was a master in every way.

The open-air cafés of suburban Bougival, on the Seine outside Paris, were popular recreation spots for city dwellers, including the Impressionist painters. Renoir, who was primarily a figure painter, uses intense color and lush brushwork to heighten the sense of pleasure conveyed by the whirling couple who dominate the composition. The woman’s face, framed by her red bonnet, is the focus of attention, both ours and her companion’s.

Quote from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Dance at Bougival (1883) – detail
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Dance at Bougival (1883) – detail
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Dance at Bougival (1883) – detail
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Dance at Bougival (1883) – detail

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Image Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dance at Bougival   1883
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919)

3 Comments Add yours

  1. JMN says:

    I relish the detail. It really helps me as an amateur painter.

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    1. Hi! Well, I have enjoyed your paintings very much, and hope to see many more. Just call me a ‘want to be’ amateur painter who may never have the courage to even try it myself – But I do love finding a copyright free images with high enough resolution to see brushstrokes. Rarely am I successful, but I do enjoy the hunt. 😉 Thanks so much for the comment.

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      1. JMN says:

        Very kind of you. Please keep up your hunt. Whatever I know I learn from looking at paintings, and I love to study the brushstrokes and handling of pigment.

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