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''Dance at Moulin de la Galette''

''Dance at Moulin de la Galette'' ''Dance at Moulin de la Galette''
''Dance at Moulin de la Galette''
''Dance at Moulin de la Galette'' "Dance at Moulin de la Galette" ''Dance at Moulin de la Galette''
  Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Oil On Canvas - 131 x 175 cm - 1876 - Musée d'Orsay - Paris, France

The painting “Ball at Moulin de la Galette” (“Dance at Moulin de la Galette” 1876), one of the most famous works by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is a genre scene written in the plain air. An inexpensive tavern in Montmartre, where students and working youth of Paris gathered. A spacious open-air dance hall was adjoined to it, where dance parties were often held.

The ball is in full swing in Renoir's painting, it already broke out on this platform in front of the tavern. And how else, when there is beautiful summer weather in the yard? Everything moves in the artwork: some people are talking lively, others are dancing absorbedly. Flecks of the sunlight are walking through the festive crowd, coloring it with various light shades. The colorful palette of the painting, like in his many other works of his, is made up of free strokes, which the artist places on the canvas separately, one after the other. "Ball" is a hymn of youth and joy, sung by the artist in the language of colors.

Many artists wrote this “Moulin” and the restaurant with it. For example, Van Gogh has a whole series dedicated to “Moulin”: his brother Theo ’s Paris apartment was located in Montmartre, next to Moulin de la Galette. Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso also did not pass the “Moulin” by.

The artist even made a small copy of it - and in 1990, Sotheby's sold it at 78 million dollars in New York at the auction. And even a sketch for this picture is now a museum purchase and a Danish landmark (the sketch is kept in a museum in the suburb of Copenhagen).

In 1876, Renoir rented a studio with a garden in Montmartre, which was located near Moulin de la Galette, a restaurant with a dance hall in the upper part of Montmartre, which got its name from the mill situated very close to it. Models for Renoir became his friends. So, the girl in the dark blue dress and the girl sitting next to her in the pink-blue stripped dress in the foreground are the sisters Jeanne and Estelle, who used to go to the cafe every Sunday and pose for Renoir for other works. The man who sits across them is a close friend and artist Pierre Franc-Lamy. In the two well-dressed men on the right, you can recognize the artist Norbert Genette and journalist Georges Riviera, and the young dancing girl on the left was painted from Margaret Legrand, one of Renoir's favorite models, who soon after writing the picture died of typhoid.

From 1879, the masterpiece was in the collection of the French merchant and painter Gustave Caibotte, and after his death in 1894 it became the property of the state as an inheritance tax. Already in 1896, the work was transferred to the Museum in the Luxembourg Garden. Since 1929, the picture was in the collection of the Louvre, from where in 1986 it was transferred to the Orsay Museum, where it is exhibited to this day.

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