Le bal du moulin de la Galette

Le bal du moulin de la Galette (“Dance at Le moulin de la Galette”) — Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1876

This just brings me so much joy. The depiction of regular folks having fun, the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees, and also I learned that Montmartre used to have windmills back then? Which totally makes sense of course, since it’s the highest spot in Paris. The Moulin de la Galette was a flour mill that sold little round breads (the eponymous galettes), and later expanded into a drinking establishment with outdoor dancing space. Back then Montmartre was still pretty rural, and city folks would come up to enjoy the country atmosphere and fine views of Paris.

   15 May 2022
   1/40s    f/2.8   38mm   ISO 640
Dance at the Moulin de la Galette