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4 November 2019


Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

by Ramona Lucarelli

“If I didn’t have fun, please believe that I wouldn’t paint.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir amused himself and did so consistently. With two paintings a week he painted more than six thousand, even when with his fingers deformed by arthritis he tied the brushes to his wrists in order to continue to paint the joy of color.

As an impressionist, he works an plein air to translate the beauty of nature and the pleasure of life:
I like the paintings that make me want to walk inside if they represent landscapes, to caress them if they represent women, he said.

The Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (1876) is one of his most famous works. A local much loved by the Parisian youth, the moulin knew perfectly how to translate the concept of joy of life according to Renoir; the painter went there for six months to be able to capture the crowd that danced, discussed and spent time together.

Under the spring sun on a tree-lined terrace the painting almost seems to emanate in the background the lively music and chatter of the visitors who, overwhelmed by vibrant light and rapid and full strokes, give back to the beholder the optimistic spirit of The Belle Epoque.

Today the painting is kept at the Orsay Museum in Paris.


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She is an art historian, optimistic and empathic by nature. She imagines a world where sow kindness enjoying the little things. She's in love with stories since she was a child, for the Eat Culture she eats books and arts. Per aspera ad astra says the only tattoo on her skin. It reminds her that the road that leads to her dreams is not always easy but that she never gives up.

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