The Swing (La Balançoire)

The Swing (La Balançoire)
Artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Year 1876
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Dimensions 36.2 x 28.7 in
92 x 73 cm
Famous Paintings by Renoir
Le déjeuner des Canotiers
Bal du moulin de la Galette
La Grenouillère
The Swing (La Balançoire)
Two Sisters (On the Terrace)
Two Young Girls at the Piano
A Girl with a Watering Can
Dance in the Country
By the Seashore

The Swing (La Balançoire) by Renoir was completed in 1876 and is currently at the Musée d’Orsay gallery in Paris, France. It is an oil on canvas genre painting and is an impressionism style piece.


In this painting Renoir uses sunlight to capture various colors throughout the piece. He painted The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette around the same time.


In this piece, a woman is standing on a swing talking to a man. There is a little girl standing with another man to their side while watching them. The woman looks as though she is embarrassed about something because of the expression on her face. There are trees surrounding them and a group of figures located in the back, but their details cannot be seen in full. It appears the sun is peeking through the trees because of the light patches on the ground and on the figures in the front.

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