Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’

Posted: November 7, 2013 in art, culture, painting, Uncategorized
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(Fleming, Arts & Ideas, 7th Edition 1986)

Bal du moulin de la Galette (commonly known as Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Auguste Renoir, like Manet, was interested in casual, lighthearted scenes. Even before Manet painted his Bar at the Folies-Bergere, Renoir had done a similar scene set in a popular outdoor Paris café, Bal du moulin de la Galette, which had been shown first in the 1877 impressionist exhibit. The full force of impressionistic color is felt in the rainbow of brilliant hues, especially the variations of blue and the marvelous quality of filtered gaslight that Renoir had at his commend. His obvious intention was to evoke the atmosphere of carefree gaity and the whirling movement of dance as well as to revel in a world of color and light.

-Roz Barron Abellera


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