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Pierre Auguste Renoir concluded the oil painting City Dance in 1883, and was made as a pair to Country Dance. The two artworks have the same dimensions – with life-size figures – and develop a unity with their contrasting differences. The woman elegantly portrayed in City Dance is Suzanne Valadon, who can also be found in the works Dance at Bougival, painted the same year as the diptych, and The Large Bathers (1884–87). Valadon made the leap from artist's muse to being an actual artist and became of the leading painters of the late XIX century France. In Country Dance, the smiling model was Aline Charigot, who later married Renoir.
These two paintings were meant to be seen together, as the artist saw the beauty in their aesthetic contrasts, as well as the difference in atmosphere – even though they portray the same subject. Renoir plays with cool and warm color schemes between the artworks. In City Dance, Valadon faces against the viewer seriously and elegantly, showing her beautiful ruffled white gown, shaded in cool tonalities of violet.
While in Country Dance, Charigot looks directly at the viewer with a great smiling face. Although she also wears a white dress, simple compared to the ball gown in the other painting, with tiny red flowers and a red hat which gives it a warm color palette. The simplicity and joy of the scene are overwhelming, and the audience can almost hear the music. Renoir also depicted his model in a red hat in Dance at Bougival, which is considered reminiscent of Vermeer's Girl With a Red Hat (1665-1666) by many art historians.
Renoir, a master of Impressionism, was able to bring sophistication to City Dance, emphasizing the elegant and precious fabric of Valadon’s dress. Looking back at the viewer with the corner of her eye, she quietly captivates all that stand before here. The man that dances with her is shown not to be relevant to the artist, as his face is covered by the muse’s orange-brown hair and pink flower. The ground is orange, contrasting with the overall cool colors of the dress, and the background depicts green and yellow vegetation. As a modern artist, Renoir enjoyed the intense reproduction of life, capturing the joys of an excursion from the city, and the precariousness of youth.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of City Dance, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of City Dance that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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