collecting colours over a cup of coffee...

If you are a lover of printed words, you would know how much of your time is taken by books alone. Then one day, sooner or later, you discover a huge vacuum within that you know next to nothing about other art forms. This blog is an attempt to fulfil one such lacunae in the art of painting. We intend to look up a random painting and upload it with a link here every day whilst having our daily cuppa coffee. In this way at least we hope to be better acquainted with colours, colourers and the schools than what we are now.If you wish to be a part, you know where to shout.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Le Moulin de la Galette

Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir


The above painting is one of the most significant of Renoir. For a better resolution version go here
The Moulin de la Galette is a windmill situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris, France.
In 1870, the owner Charles-Nicolas Debray, added a guinguette with a dancing room, and called it "Moulin de la Galette" in 1895. The "galette", is a small rye bread that Debray millers made and sold with a glass of milk. Now, in French, "galette" is the name of cake. In 1830, they replaced milk with wine (especially the local Montmartre wine) and the windmill by a cabaret.

The atmosphere was relaxed and customers more popular than in other establishments such as "Moulin Rouge". People came to "Moulin de la Galette" for enjoying and dancing.

quoted from Moulin de la Galette

1 comment:

treasureslot said...

i am in posession of an original in a chalkware frame. the watermarks are also on this print. it is number G-607, printed by Sharewood Press, Inc. courtesy of the louvre museum, paris, printed in the usa. anyone have any idea of its value.

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