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Moulin de la Galette
ARTIST: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
SIZE: 28.7" x 20"
MADE BY: Wentworth
DESCRIPTION: The Moulin de la Galette near the top of Montmartre was a characteristic place
of entertainment, and Renoir's picture of the Sunday afternoon dance in its acacia-shaded courtyard is one of his happiest
compositions. In still-rural Montmartre, the Moulin, called `de la
Galette' from the pancake which was its specialty, had a local clientele, especially of working girls and their young men together with a sprinkling of artists who, as Renoir did, enjoyed the
spectacle and also found unprofessional models. The dapple of light is an Impressionist feature but Renoir after his bout of
plein-air landscape at Argenteuil seems especially to have welcomed the opportunity to make human beings, and especially
women, the main components of picture. This painting was completed
in 1876 and now hangs in the Museum D'Orsey in Paris.