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Dancing Girl with Castanets
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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 Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Artist dates 1841 - 1919
Full title Dancing Girl with Castanets
Group Pair of Dancing Girls with Musical Instruments
Date made 1909
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 155 x 64.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bought, 1961
Inventory number NG6318
Location in Gallery Room 41
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Pair of Dancing Girls with Musical Instruments

These two paintings were made as pendants, or companion pieces, and would have hung near each other.