“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.
- 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
- Name: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Born: 1841 – Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France
- Died: 1919 (aged 78) – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
- Nationality: French
- Movement: Impressionism
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“The pain passes but the beauty remains.”
– Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Photo Credit 1) Musée d’Orsay [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons