Renoir is a vivid representative of impressionism in painting. In 1874, he painted his famous painting "Dancer." In it, we can fully see the artist’s refusal from a clear outline, we see a blurry background that only enhances the impression of movement. Renoir used paints, mostly pastel colors, which repelled light. Thanks to their use, he was able to create some kind of glow of his paintings.
The picture shows in the central part of the canvas a young girl who is dressed in a ballerina costume. She was standing in a half-turn, her legs had taken position No. 4 (from the ballet), she laid back on the left shoulder with ease. Her whole pose tells the audience that the girl loves to do this kind of art. Renoir managed to convey the entire weightlessness of the tutu, to show how transparent the fabric of her outfit is. To convey the full ease of dressing, the author uses a large number of lungs with a brushstroke, which seem to create a soft outline. The girl’s skin is very light, almost snow-white, very favorably tinted by small jewelry on her neck and arm. The background is specially selected by the author in such a way that there is a contrast between the light figure and velvet shadows.
Renoir wanted to show the young ballerina not in an image, but in the role of herself. The artist attaches great importance to her eyes - a little sad, but this makes the girl no less attractive. We can note how tender and reverent she is in front of the artist.
Today, the "Dancer" is kept in Washington, at the National Gallery of Art.