Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette

Today we are mixing:

  • The Painting: “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette” by Auguste Renoir
  • The Soundtrack: “Le parc de Plaisir” by François Paris (“Midnight in Paris” Soundtrack)

About the Painting

Bal du moulin de la Galette (commonly known as Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and is one of Impressionism‘s most celebrated masterpieces. The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at the original Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris. In the late 19th century, working class Parisians would dress up and spend time there dancing, drinking, and eating galettes into the evening.

Like other works of Renoir’s early maturity, Bal du moulin de la Galette is a typically Impressionist snapshot of real life. It shows a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering, sun-dappled light.

About the Soundtrack

We used “Le parc de Plaisir” by François Paris from “Midnight in Paris” Soundtrack.

Midnight in Paris is a 2011 fantasycomedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight. The movie explores themes of nostalgia and modernism.

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