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Dance in Bougival

Painting, 1883, 181.9×98.1 cm

Description of the artwork «Dance in Bougival»

1883 was a good year for Pierre Auguste Renoir: he received a fairly large order from a well-known collector and patron of the Impressionists Paul Durand-Ruel, who was there painting "Dance in Bougival". The customer wished to become the owner of three paintings, United by a common theme: the pair dance.

Renoir enthusiastically set to work. A few years earlier he painted a picture depicting a variety of dancing in the open space pairs. This time the artist decided to reduce the number of dancers to only two people: all three canvases we see the same pair, however, the situation surrounding the dancers, different. On a single canvas couple dancing in the city, the second — in suburb, and the third in the village.

Picture of Auguste Renoir's "Dance at Bougival" brings the viewer in a suburb of Paris, is very popular at the time among the Parisians and visitors of the city. Came here to sit with friends in cozy cafe, breathe in the fresh air under the trees, to make new friends. Bougival with its incredibly beautiful scenery has attracted many painters, including the Impressionists.

Description of paintings by Auguste Renoir "Dance at Bougival"

The canvas depicts a couple dancing: a young girl and a middle-aged man. Girl outfit emphasizes her beauty: trendy close-fitting dress of a soft pink color blends wonderfully with white skin and a light blush on his cheeks. Numerous ruffles skirt, cascading waterfall and lush, shot in motion — from beneath them barely visible delicate slipper. On the head of a dancing girl wearing a stylish red hat which is decorated with a bouquet of flowers with dark purple buds.

Partner girls dressed in contrasting dark suit and dandy boots, matching with a straw hat. The headdress covers from the audience of the dancer's face: we only see the beard and mustache. If a woman, who posed for Renoir, the art there is no doubt that it was Suzana Valadon, underlying the man's face gave rise to two versions. One of them is the painting of Auguste Renoir's "Dance at Bougival" depicts I. A. Fournaise, on the other — each artist P. Lot.

The position of the head men, we can assume that what he is whispering to his partner. The girl slightly turned from the gentleman, her gaze aimed to the side and down, and it seems as if she's embarrassed, but her arm is around the man's neck, suggests otherwise. It is likely that she was looking for a boutonniere, which broke during a quick turn and fell to the ground, and the partner comforts her, promising to buy another.

Picture of Auguste Renoir's "Dance at Bougival" is different from the other two paintings great ease, lightness. A dancing couple is depicted on the background of the people sitting at the tables open a summer café, but the story is almost never lingers on them. The faces of secondary characters fuzzy, bright green leaves on the branches of trees blurred — this technique allowed the artist to realistically convey the sense of movement of a dancing couple. The whole scene is bathed in bright sunlight that creates an atmosphere of celebration.

This blade has a reduced author's copy of that Renoir created specifically for Susanne Valadon. It is virtually identical to the original, but drawing this option, the artist painstakingly wrote out the face of the young dancers — so that there remains no doubt: the painting depicts Susanna. Today, this copy holds a private collector from the United States.

The original "Dance at Bougival" from the collection of Paul Durand-Ruel, the customer of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was in the Boston Museum of fine arts: painting was purchased by the Museum in 1937 for 150 thousand dollars. Two other paintings from this series are now in Paris at the Musee d'orsay.
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1883

Size: 181.9×98.1 cm

Artwork in selections: 82 selections