The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was created in 1876.
It is an oil canvas with the height of 131cm and width of 175cm. the colors that characterize the painting are dark and subtle, although it speaks about a ball. It has a direct connection with the reality. In 1876, Renoir rented a cheap studio with a lovely garden. Not far away, there was a dance hall "Moulin de la Galette." Renoir and his friends and acquaintances always went there. Music, funny dances, unpretentious food, beautiful young girls from all over Montmartre came here. The atmosphere was casual, funny and joyful. The canvas renders this casual happiness. Each part of the canvas expresses something, the view of the café expresses the sensuous pleasure of drinking, of chatting, with the sun glittering through the trees on a warm summer day. It is a colorful painting, although a little bit dark. This is explained by Renoir’s way of drawing. He is a master of color. The impressionist style is really vivid. There are a lot of women depicted. The critics say that he is a celebrator of beauty, of feminine sensuality. It is a pity that Renoir is the final representative of a beautiful and sensitive tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.
It was sold in 2002 for 78,1 million dollar at Sotheby’s. It is the most notable Renoir’s festive painting.