Ball at the Moulin de la Galette
1876, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. This work is probably the most important of Renoir in the mid-1870s and was exposed at the Impressionist exhibition of 1877. If the artist chooses to represent some of his friends, he focuses primarily on making the vehement and cheerful atmosphere of this popular establishment of Montmartre. This painting, anchored by its subject in contemporary Parisian life, by its innovative style but also by its impressive size, is the sign of the ambition of the Renoir's approach . This is one of the masterpieces of early Impressionism.