Dance at le Moulin de la Galette – Renoir – 1000 pieces
Currently on view at the Musee D Orsay, Paris, Dance at le Moulin de la Galette is one of the most famous Impressionist paintings and a dazzling example of Renoir’s talent for capturing dappled light. Its modernism derives both from its chosen theme – an ordinary scene of working class Parisians at leisure, during a typical Sunday afternoon at the Moulin de la Galette – as well as its loose Impressionist-style brushwork. The eye of the viewer darts across the form-filled and motion-filled surface, aware of the vibrant, brightly coloured brushstrokes but unable to dwell on any one form.
The Moulin de la Galette was one of several windmills located on the Butte Montmartre. Inside, one could sit and eat its famous cakes, while outside there was an open-air eating and dancing area where the locals came and danced on Sundays, along with a variety of students and artists. Entrance was free for all women at Le Moulin, including those with looser morals. Intrigued by the mixed character of this vivacious and cheerful crowd, Renoir wanted to paint it.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French Impressionist painter whose eye for beauty made him one of the movement’s most popular practitioners. He is best known for his paintings of bustling Parisian modernity and leisure in the last three decades of the 19th century. DID YOU KNOW… Despite suffering from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, he maintained an incredible level of precision with his painting.
Born, 25 February, 1841 (Limoges, France); Died, 3 December, 1919.
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