Impressionism In Dance At Le Molin De La Galette

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Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (Bal du moulin de la Galette) was created in 1876 by the artist known as Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The medium is oil paint on canvas and the style of it is best known as French Impressionism. The painting is located in Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France).
What is happening in this painting? In Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, there is a large crowd gathering and socializing in this garden. Renoir depicts an energetic crowd for of lively faces with simple strokes of his brush. There are people dancing in the background to men and women gathering at tables to what looks like having drinks and socializing. The painting allows us to understand how the Parisian dance garden is a fun and memorable time even being on the outskirts of Paris. He finds a way to make us think that everyone in the painting has a sense of familiarity with each other. From the proximity of everyone in the painting, the multiple people dancing to what seems like two women flirting or socializing with the man sitting in the chair. We obviously know the two women are familiar with each other because while the one woman is sitting down the other is leaning on her shoulder looking over at the man. The other men sitting at the table seem to be in conversation with each other again showing that friendliness of the event. The man and woman holding each other in the background look like they were painted to look right at the viewer as if they have a sense of familiarity with us as if we were at the event with them.
At first glance at the Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, your eyes seem to be drawn straight to the women. As if they were the center of the work due to the woman’s light colored dress compared to her companions around her. This then creates a movement throughout the painting sort of allows for it to tell a story. Your eyes are drawn to the women at first but then you wonder who are they with which draws your eyes to the men at the tables and then you continue to the background which then ends with the little girl and boy in the left corner. The colors he uses enlighten the painting and consist of greens, blues, oranges, pinks and even reds. He mixes the colors to create a cool feeling/looking painting. The

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