Art History · Ballroom Dance · Figure Skating

Dancers and Skaters by Renoir

I have been trying to write all day, but unfortunately, being sick and writing interesting posts don’t go together too well. However, being well aware that I haven’t posted for several days, I didn’t want to leave my wonderful readers without any new content for too long, so I thought I could at least share these beautiful Renoir paintings. Hope everyone is having a great beginning of the new year (or at the very least a healthier one than I am).

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette”, 1876, oil on canvas, Musee d’Orsay. Photo from wikipaintings.org.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Dance at Bougival”, 1883, oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photo from mfa.org.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “City Dance”, 1883, oil on canvas. Musee d’Orsay. Photo from musee-orsay.fr.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Country Dance”, 1883, oil on canvas, Musee d’Orsay. Photo from pierre-auguste-renoir.org.

Exciting bonus! Renoir painted skaters as well! Art, skating, and dance – all my favorite things in one post. It’s so interesting how Renoir’s style changed so dramatically in the eight years between the skaters and the Moulin de la Galette, as opposed to how little it changed in the next seven years between Moulin de la Galette and the three dancing couples.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Skaters in the Bois de Boulogne”, 1868, oil on canvas, private collection. Photo from wikipaintings.org.

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