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Sketch after Danse à Bougival

After Pierre A. Renoir (French, 1841-1919)


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.

 

Object Information

artist
After Pierre A. Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
materials
oil on canvas mounted to canvas
dimensions
6-1/2 x 7-1/8 in.
other title
sketch after dancing couple
accession number
2001.241
credit line
Bequest of Allen Whitehill Clowes
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945