Dancing Girl with Castanets

This picture, together with its companion piece 'Dancing Girl with Tambourine' was painted to form part of the decoration for the dining room of an apartment belonging to Monsieur Maurice Gangnat at 24 Avenue de Friedland, Paris.

It was intended that the pictures should hang either side of a mirror, and originally the figures were to bear dishes of fruit. The model for both the girls was Georgette Pigeot, but the head of the figure in this work was modelled on Renoir's maid, Gabrielle Renard.

Renoir is said to have considered the two paintings as among the most important of his late works.

Key facts

Artist dates
1841 - 1919
Full title
Dancing Girl with Castanets
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
155 x 64.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1961
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Pair of Dancing Girls with Musical Instruments