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Dance at Bougival by Pierre Auguste Renoir

    Dance at Bougival by Pierre Auguste Renoir

    Dance at Bougival by Pierre Auguste Renoir was created in 1883. The painting is in Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The size of the work is 181,9 x 98,1 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    The open-air cafés of suburban Bougival, a town on the river Seine west of Paris, were popular recreation spots for city dwellers, including the Impressionists. Here, at one such café—its floor littered with cigarettes, burnt matches, and a small bouquet of flowers—an amateur boatman in a straw hat sweeps his stylish partner along in a waltz. The touch of their gloveless hands, their flushed cheeks and intimate proximity, suggest a sensuous subtext to this scene. (read more in Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

    About the Artist: French artist and Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France. Although Renoir displayed a talent for his work, he frequently tired of the subject matter and sought refuge in the galleries of the Louvre. The owner of the factory recognized his apprentice’s talent and communicated this to Renoir’s family. Following this, Renoir started taking lessons to prepare for entry into Ecole des Beaux Arts… read more

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