Dance on canvas

personSlađana Milošević
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During one of my walks, last week, it was pouring with rain – the best time for new ideas!

While we are waiting for two new texts by other authors (one from Serbia and one from USA), I got a couple of new ideas. One of them is that we could connect dance with some other art.

And here it is: Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Dance!

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (25 February 1841 – 3 December 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. Renoir’s paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions.

Renoir liked dance scenes. He painted three paintings on the theme of dance: Dance in the countryside, Dance in the city, and Dance in Bougival under the influence of a trip to Italy in 1881.

The painting Dancing in the Country shows a couple dancing on a balcony under a chestnut tree: the man is Paul Lhote, a friend of Pierre Auguste Renoir, and the wife is Aline Charigot, who later became his wife. Both figures are painted in life size and take up almost the entire picture. The couple seems to be preoccupied with music and each other as they dance in a cheerful and cheerful atmosphere. The woman has a smile on her face, and her body is wrapped around the man. She is facing the observer, and the man is facing her. In the background on the right is a messy table under a tree and a couple of faces below the level of the dance floor while in the front of the picture is a small discarded hat (Source/ translated from: -na-selu.html)

The painting Dance in the Country has a light composition and its figures are delicate. The movement is shown through the body language and the couple’s clothes and they seem to be immersed in their own thoughts and space. Warm colors predominate. A woman in a bright long dress with red patterns, with a red hat and yellow gloves holding a yellow fan with red and purple spots in her right hand contrasts with a dark men’s suit. Shades of light and shadow create a warm, sensual image (Source/translated from: -na-selu.html

The painting Dance in the Country, which he painted in 1883, is today in the Orsay Museum in Paris.

Enjoy these beautiful paintings of this great artists and of course, dance today!


Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Wikipedia

Country Dance – Pierre Auguste Renoir — Google Arts & Culture

Musée d’Orsay (

Photo: Impressionists and the man who made them | The Cultural Critic

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