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Bal du moulin de la Galette ( Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) -- the one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces

Pierre-Auguste Renoir ‘s Bal du moulin de la Galette

                                                                              

 

 

Title: Bal du moulin de la Galette

Year: 1876

Dimensions: 131x175cm (51.57 x 68.9 inch)

Date of sale:  1990-5-17

Rank at sale: 2

Auction house: Sotheby’s, New York

Seller: Betsey Whitney

Buyer: Ryoei Saito

Original price: USD78, 100,000.00

Adjusted price in March 2011: USD135, 100, 000.00

 

 

Bal du moulin de la Galette (commonly known as Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is housed at the Musée d'Orsayin Paris and is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces. The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galettein the district of Montmartrein Paris. In the late 19th century, working class Parisians would dress up and spend time there dancing, drinking, and eating galettesinto the evening.

Like other works of Renoir's early maturity, Bal du moulin de la Galette is a typically Impressionist snapshot of real life. It shows a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering light.

From 1879 to 1894 the painting was in the collection of the French painter Gustave Caillebotte; when he died it became the property of the French Republic as payment for death duties. From 1896 to 1929 the painting hung in the Musée du Luxembourgin Paris. From 1929 it hung in the Musée du Louvreuntil it was transferred to the Musée d'Orsay in 1986.

 




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