Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Dance in the Country is an 1883 oil painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is currently kept at the Mus e d'Orsay in Paris. This painting was commissioned in 1882 by the merchant Paul Durand-Ruel who wanted works on the theme of the ball. He bought it in 1886, exhibited it for the first time in April 1883, and kept it until Renoir's death in 1919. A complementary painting on the same theme, named Dance in the City, was also painted by Renoir the same year. The painting, influenced by the artist's trip in Italy in 1881 where he found inspiration from Raphael, marked an evolution of the painter who tried then to break away from Impressionism.