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Edgar Degas

Scene at the Ballet (Scene de ballet), 1879

Brush and ink on paper
11 5/8 × 21 1/8 in
29.5 × 53.7 cm
This is a unique work.
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Jill Newhouse Gallery
New York
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Degas’s fan pictures, begun approximately 10 years after he first turned to ballet as his primary …

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Degas’s fan pictures, begun approximately 10 years after he first turned to ballet as his primary subject matter, show us the breathtaking dexterity and skillful draughtsmanship of which he was capable. Virtually no drawn studies for either the figures or the settings in these fans exist, the subjects of which were …

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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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Titled, signed, dated and annotated lower left Certificate of authenticity by Theodore Reff dated February 4, 1990. Certificate of … Read more
Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917
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Though he rejected the label, Edgar Degas contributed significantly to Impressionism with his depictions of fleeting moments and images of modern Parisian life—in theaters, cafés, and, most iconically, ballet studios. “It is much better to draw what you can't see anymore but is in your memory,” he said. “You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.” Degas was trained in a traditional academic style, which is particularly evident in the classical subjects of his early works, and he was a master draftsman and capturer of emotions. As his practice evolved, he developed a profound interest in the poses and physicality of ballet, producing approximately 1,500 depictions of dancers over the course of his career. Like many of his contemporaries, Degas was influenced by Japanese prints, which inspired him to experiment with asymmetrical compositions and unusual vantage points. He also worked in a wide range of mediums and techniques, and was particularly known for his use of pastel to depict the figure with an almost sculptural solidity.

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About the work
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Jill Newhouse Gallery
New York
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Degas’s fan pictures, begun approximately 10 years after he first turned to ballet as his primary …

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Degas’s fan pictures, begun approximately 10 years after he first turned to ballet as his primary subject matter, show us the breathtaking dexterity and skillful draughtsmanship of which he was capable. Virtually no drawn studies for either the figures or the settings in these fans exist, the subjects of which were …

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Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Titled, signed, dated and annotated lower left Certificate of authenticity by Theodore Reff dated February 4, 1990. Certificate of … Read more
Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917
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Though he rejected the label, Edgar Degas contributed significantly to Impressionism with his depictions of fleeting moments and images of modern Parisian life—in theaters, cafés, and, most iconically, ballet studios. “It is much better to draw what you can't see anymore but is in your memory,” he said. “You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.” Degas was trained in a traditional academic style, which is particularly evident in the classical subjects of his early works, and he was a master draftsman and capturer of emotions. As his practice evolved, he developed a profound interest in the poses and physicality of ballet, producing approximately 1,500 depictions of dancers over the course of his career. Like many of his contemporaries, Degas was influenced by Japanese prints, which inspired him to experiment with asymmetrical compositions and unusual vantage points. He also worked in a wide range of mediums and techniques, and was particularly known for his use of pastel to depict the figure with an almost sculptural solidity.

Edgar Degas

Scene at the Ballet (Scene de ballet), 1879

Brush and ink on paper
11 5/8 × 21 1/8 in
29.5 × 53.7 cm
This is a unique work.
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location
New York
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