Dance at the Moulin de la Galette, or known as The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette is one of the Impressionism period most remarkable painting, painted in 1876 by the famous French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir(25th February 1841- 3rd December 1919). The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Gelette in the district of Paris. In the last decades of 19th century, the Molulin de la Gelette was a popular dancing garden, where was full of working class people dancing and drinking, especially on Sundays. There were many people on this painting for sale, some of them were dancing, some were chatting under the green leaves, and some were siting on the benches with food and drink. Their joy can be easily transferred to the audience from the smile on their face. |
As the famous work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance at the Moulin de la Galette is no doubt a shadow of real life. Through the panting, Renoir expresses the pleasure of dancing, drinking, and the leisure in the open air, with sunlight on a normal summer Sunday afternoon.
The painting was created in the 1876, and bought by a French painter Gustave Caillebotte (19th August 1848- 21st February 1894) who is also a member of the Impressionists in the 1879. When Caillebotte died, the painting became the property of the French Republic. From 1896 to 1929, the painting hung in the Musee du Luxembourg in Pairs. And then hung in the Musee du Louvre from 1929 until it was transferred into the Musee d'Orsay in 1986.
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