"Dance at Bougival" was made in 1883. This painting by Renoir is now kept in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; it was paid $ 150,000 in 1937. The...
Pierre Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges in 1841 and lived in Paris from his early childhood, soon expressing a great interest in the art that led him to study drawing attending evening classes and working on the decoration of porcelain during the day. In 1862 he was admitted to the school of fine arts and met fellow painters with whom he went to paint en plein air: Sisley, Bazille and Monet. Painting in the open air allowed us to capture shades of light that led to the real essence of things. He understood that the color of the shadows depended on the color that the surrounding objects reflected. He exhibited in 1864 with his Impressionist friends and in 1870 took part in the Franco-Prussian war. He was always in financial difficulties, but he dedicated himself to painting with passion. In 1880 he met Aline Victorine Charigot, his model, lover and wife who introduced him to the countryside around Essoyes, which would become the artist's dearest summer residence for several decades. In 1881 he sold some works forgetting finally the financial difficulties and left early to visit Italy and Algeria.
After his trip to Italy, his painting moved away from the Impressionist movement towards a style closer to Classicism. After 1890 there was another change in his way of painting and he dedicated himself to the nudes. The painter had three children: Pierre, Jean and Claude. In 1900 he was proclaimed Knight of the Legion of Honour and moved to the south of France because of rheumatoid arthritis that did not prevent him from painting until his death, which occurred in 1919, a few years after that of his beloved wife. During his life he painted more than a thousand canvases. He was not an admirer of Van Gogh or Gauguin, but of young Modigliani. His son Jean, a famous film artist, wrote his father's biography: "Renoir, my father" containing several anecdotes about the famous Impressionist painter.