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The Dance Class

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SKU
WMET0050
Specialty: Giclee on Watercolor Paper, Hand Deckled and Floated on Mat
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Deckled and Floated on Mat
  • 40.25"w x 43.25"h
:
Image M0978
M0978
1.88″ x 1.88″
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Image B8-97
B8-97
3″

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Our Inspiration: The Dance Class

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

Oil on canvas, 32 7/8 x 30 3/8 in., 1874

Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986   1987.47.1

This work and its variant in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, represent the most ambitious paintings Degas devoted to the theme of the dance. Some 24 women–ballerinas and their mothers–wait while a dancer executes an "attitude" for her examination. Jules Perrot, a famous ballet master, conducts the class. The imaginary scene is set in a rehearsal room in the old Paris Opéra, which had recently burned to the ground. On the wall beside the mirror, a poster for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell pays tribute to the singer Jean-Baptiste Faure, who commissioned the picture and lent it to the 1876 Impressionist exhibition.

The_Dance_Class_V2

Our Inspiration: The Dance Class

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

Oil on canvas, 32 7/8 x 30 3/8 in., 1874

Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, 1986   1987.47.1

This work and its variant in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, represent the most ambitious paintings Degas devoted to the theme of the dance. Some 24 women–ballerinas and their mothers–wait while a dancer executes an "attitude" for her examination. Jules Perrot, a famous ballet master, conducts the class. The imaginary scene is set in a rehearsal room in the old Paris Opéra, which had recently burned to the ground. On the wall beside the mirror, a poster for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell pays tribute to the singer Jean-Baptiste Faure, who commissioned the picture and lent it to the 1876 Impressionist exhibition.