Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (Bal du moulin de la Galette)
Oil on canvas
131 x 175 cm
Musée d’Orsay, Gustave Caillebotte bequest, 1894© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi
Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (Bal du moulin de la Galette), 1876
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919): Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie
April 27 (Wed.) － August 22 (Mon.), 2016
The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
Organized by: The National Art Center, Tokyo, Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie, and Nikkei Inc.
Excerpt from The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan):
Two of the world’s finest collections of Renoir masterpieces—from France’s renowned Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie—will come together under the same roof at this exciting exhibition in Tokyo. More than 100 works including sculptures, drawings, pastels, and rare contextual material will be presented to take visitors on a visual stroll through the fascinating life and genius of French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841–1919).
The evolution of Renoir’s artistry from his early realistic depictions to the stunning rosy nudes of his twilight years is captured in ten chapters encompassing his many beloved genres and subjects—portraits, landscapes, everyday life, flowers, children, nude women, and more. At the same time, the exhibition traces Renoir’s shift from the innovative experiments of Impressionism back to the venerable traditions of classical painting, and then toward a fusion of these styles, revealing how the artist’s life was a never-ending exploration of new challenges.
This retrospective will also be a milestone event for Japanese art lovers, as it will mark the first time for the superlative Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (1876) to be presented in this country. The exuberant faces of people at leisure, the gentle sunlight filtering through swaying trees, and the dynamic brushstrokes of this inspired work provide a singular opportunity to fully experience the true Renoir in all his glory.
Continued, The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan)
Excerpt from Musée d’Orsay:
Drawn from the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie collections of Renoir’s works - amongst the richest in the world -, this exhibition presents over one hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures, pastels and documents, from all stages of the painter’s career.
From his early Realist works in Paris, in the late 1860s, to the monumental Bathers of his later years, ten chronological and thematic sections trace the main developments in the work of a painter who was constantly searching, a painter who was both an Impressionist, overturning the rules of representation, and a classical painter who loved the great tradition.
The Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette is on display in Japan for the first time, and has its own section exploring the issues in this manifesto painting, which caused such a sensation when it was first exhibited in 1877, and which today is one of the jewels of the Musée d’Orsay.
This ambitious exhibition has been organised to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Nikkei Group.
Sylvie Patry, former chief curator, Musée d’Orsay, deputy director and Gund Family chief curator at the Barnes Foundation
Yukiko Yokoyama, associate curator, National Art Center, Tokyo
Continued, Musée d’Orsay
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, (1841–1919)
b. February 25, 1841, Limoges
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