Sketch after Danse à Bougival

Other title
sketch after dancing couple
oil on canvas mounted to canvas
6 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.
Credit line
Bequest of Allen Whitehill Clowes
Accession number
Not Currently On View

Impressionist Pierre Renoir often chose to paint festive, colorful scenes of popular recreation. During 1882-1883 he completed three life-sized compositions of dancing couples.

One of these large canvases (in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) features dancers at the open-air café in Bougival, a suburb of Paris. This small sketch was probably made years later.

The man gazes at his partner with rapt attention, as short, choppy brush strokes convey their whirling motion.


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