Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Bal du moulin de la Galette (1876)

Bal du moulin de la Galette, 1876, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d’Orsay, image source Google Arts and Culture

Snapshot in Time

This painting is doubtless Renoir‘s most important work of the mid 1870’s and was shown at the Impressionist exhibition in 1877. Though some of his friends appear in the picture, Renoir’s main aim was to convey the vivacious and joyful atmosphere of this popular dance garden on the Butte Montmartre. The study of the moving crowd, bathed in natural and artificial light, is handled using vibrant, brightly coloured brushstrokes. The somewhat blurred impression of the scene prompted negative reactions from contemporary critics.

This portrayal of popular Parisian life, with its innovative style and imposing format, a sign of Renoir’s artistic ambition, is one of the masterpieces of early Impressionism.

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Auguste Renoir, Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876, Oil on canvas, Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Gustave Caillebotte bequest, 1894

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ah, my favorite artist of all time! The sunlight in his work kept away the darkness of my teenage years. Today, reprints of his work hang on the wall above my work-desk.

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    1. I remember the reference in your story, Rosaliene. Renoir is a special favorite here, also. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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