Ballet Rehearsal (1891) by Edgar Degas

Ballet Rehearsal - Edgar Degas - 1891

Artwork Information

TitleBallet Rehearsal
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationYale University Art Gallery (Yale University), New Haven, CT, US

About Ballet Rehearsal

The artwork entitled “Ballet Rehearsal” is a creation by the artist Edgar Degas, completed in the year 1891. This piece is executed in oil on canvas and falls within the Impressionism movement, specifically characterized as a genre painting. It currently resides at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

“Ballet Rehearsal” by Degas captures a fleeting and intimate moment within a dance studio, where the grace and discipline of ballet are on full display. Various dancers populate the canvas, some actively rehearsing their steps while others rest or adjust their attire. The use of light and shadow, a hallmark of the Impressionist style, conveys the movement and energy of the scene, as well as the sense of depth within the space.

Degas’s brushwork is loose and expressive, suggesting the figures and their surroundings with swift, confident strokes. The artist employs a muted yet warm palette, with an emphasis on earth tones that highlight the natural ambiance of the studio. This artwork is a testament to Degas’s fascination with the world of dance and his capacity to depict the dynamism of everyday life with both sensitivity and immediacy.

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