A painting is more than the colours spread on canvas. Here is a master piece painted by August Renoir. It tells a story, if we know about life of Renoir, the master artist of impressionism style of painting. This painting, Dance in the City, is a master piece by Renoir.
The lady painted is Suzanne Valadon, who was an artist herself. She had modelled for Renoir for many of his painting. If we look at the cloth-less women painted by Renoir, we would see how lovely and delicately he had painted the soft skin of the women modeled for him. All the women seem rejoicing their stage of being without clothes, and Renoir had painted the sense of freedom on the faces of these women, too. But in this painting, the story is somewhat different.
HOW TO READ AND EVALUATE A PAINTING
If we see the colours and the getups of the lady, in The Dance in City, we see the melodies of colours. The woman looks pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance, depicting good mannerism. But when we turn our eyes on the face, we can read another story. Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) was a master of impressionism, during his career of forty years. He would not miss celebrating beauty.
But in this painting, the tight-lipped face of the lady is painted unusually featureless or expressionless, or without the usual expression of a woman so dancing. The model is Suzanne who often modeled for Renoir. It is believed that Renoir had some reservations about her, as she was an intellectual woman and Renoir preferred the women who can be docile and submissive. Suzanne was an artist herself, she earned much by posing as model for other artists, too; and above all she would dance with many men and enjoy her life. Here Renoir for unknown reason seems to paint her lifestyle, as if he wanted to punish her!