Renoir’s Dance in the Country is my second February Painting of the Month.

The Musée D’Orsay on the south bank of the Seine in Paris is home to my second painting of the month for February.

Dance in the Country was also painted early in 1883. The artist claims the scene was inspired by his visit to Italy in 1881. It was during this visit that Renoir visited Florence and became inspired by the work of Raphael, thus moving away from Impressionism.

Renoir, dance in the country, musee D’Orsay
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Dance in the Country, 1883, oil on canvas, 180 cm x 90 cm, Musée D’Orsay, Paris

Renoir has again used his associates as models for the couple; his friend Phillip Lôhte, again, and Aline Charigot, who later became his wife. 

Dance in the Country is a gorgeous ‘feel good’ work, so welcome in this dark cold month, evoking thoughts of summer in us. The man seems consumed with his dancing partner (he does not seem to notice he has lost his hat), yet Aline steals a glance at us, the spectator. She looks sumptuous in the warm colours of her dress, gloves and hat. The scene is obviously one of those typical hot evenings near Paris, judging by the fan keeping Aline company.  The couple fill the painting more than the others in this group of three paintings, but there are still space for some other points of interest; the rolling hat on the floor and the couple in the background. In just a few strokes of Renoir’s brush we see the intensity of the stare on the onlooker’s face – does she wish she was dancing with Phillip?

Renoir, dance in the country,nAline Charigot, Musée D’Orsay
Pierre Auguste Renoir, Dance in the Country, 1883 (detail).

The Musèe D’Orsay is a great visit and when you get there look for this and it’s partner Dance in the City, amongst its treasures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as this iconic excercise in pointillism by Georges Seurat.

George’s, Seurat, The Curcus, Musée D’orsay
George’s Seurat, The Circus, 1890-1, oil on canvas, 186 cm x 152 cm, Musée D’Orsay.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. This post is great! Keep up the good work!


    1. Thank you. I enjoyed your posts on Istanbul as well


  2. Susie says:

    Another lovely painting I love your insight on the world of art – keeeep blogging💃🏻🕺🏽


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