Description of the painting
A ball At the Mill of Pancake
(The scene, lit by a light that passes through the leaves, takes place at the « moulin de la galette », on the butte Montmartre, in Paris.)
The scene takes place in the open air. A Sunday afternoon, a day of fine weather at the Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre. The people present in the scene are friends of the painter: models, painters, regulars of the place, among whom we recognize the writer Georges Rivière, the painter Norbert Gœneutte, Franc-Lamy who are installed at the table in the foreground and a denominated Estelle who sits on the bench as well as Frédéric Samuel Cordey. The painter thus represents on his canvas a joyful crowd of people from all walks of life, who share a good time, dance to the left, chat to the right, smoke and drink. [Wikipedia.org]
Artists, on the fringes of the official art of the second half of the XIXth century, created in 1863 the Salon of the refused, which collect the paintings that are not admitted to the official salon. As the main vector between artists and the public, the official Salon allowed celebrity and access to the art market to painters who respected the academic conventions of the time. The group that soon became known as the Impressionist decides To organize independent exhibitions.
The Impressionists take from the realists the idea of painting only contemporary subjects and add to them their desire to represent them as they perceive them at the place and at the moment when they realize their picture. This is made possible by the recent appearance of the flexible paint tube that allows artists to go out to paint out of the studio. [histoiredelart.net]
oil on canvas
131 × 175 cm (51.6 × 68.9 in)
The author died in 1919, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where thecopyright term is the author’s life plus 95 years or less.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, known as Auguste Renoir, was born in Limoges on 25 February 1841 and died at the Collettes estate in Cagnes-sur-Mer on 3 December 1919. He is one of the most famous French painters.
A full-fledged member of the Impressionist group, he evolved in the 1880s towards a more realistic style under the influence of Raphael. He was a painter of nudes, portraits, landscapes, marines, still lifes and scenes of genre, pastelist, engraver, lithographer, sculptor and draftsman.
For about sixty years, the painter estimates that he has produced about four thousand paintings. [fr.wikipedia.org]