Sketch after Danse à Bougival

After Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)

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Impressionist Pierre Renoir often chose to paint festive, colorful scenes of popular recreation. During 1882-1883 he completed three life-sized compositions of dancing couples.

One of these large canvases (in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) features dancers at the open-air café in Bougival, a suburb of Paris. This small sketch was probably made years later.

The man gazes at his partner with rapt attention, as short, choppy brush strokes convey their whirling motion.

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Object Information

After Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
oil on canvas mounted to canvas
6-1/2 x 7-1/8 in.
other title
sketch after dancing couple
accession number
credit line
Bequest of Allen Whitehill Clowes
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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