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Country Dance by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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“Country Dance” by Auguste Renoir

“Country Dance” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir shows a dancing couple under a chestnut tree. Both figures are painted life-size and occupy almost the entire painting. The woman who holds a fan in her right-hand is shown with a smiling face looking towards the viewer. The scene is bathed in bright and cheerful light. The background includes a table on the right, and a hat on the ground and a pair of faces below the level of the dance floor can be seen.

The man depicted was a friend of the painter, and the woman is Aline Charigot, who later became the wife of the Renoir. This painting was commissioned in 1882 by a merchant who wanted artworks on the theme of the dancing. A complementary picture on the same subject, named Dance in the City, was also painted by Renoir.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, commonly known as Auguste Renoir was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty and especially feminine sensuality. He was a prolific artist, having created several thousand paintings.

Country Dance

  • Title:                Country Dance
  • Français:        Danse à la campagne
  • Artist:              Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Date:                1883
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:  Height: 1,800 mm (1.96 yd); Width: 900 mm (2.95 ft)
  • Museum:        Musée d’Orsay

Pierre-Auguste Renoir


“The pain passes but the beauty remains.”
– Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Photo Credit 1) Musée d’Orsay [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons