Ballet Scene from Robert la Diable (1872) by Edgar Degas

Ballet Scene from Robert la Diable - Edgar Degas - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleBallet Scene from Robert la Diable
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions66 x 54.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About Ballet Scene from Robert la Diable

The artwork “Ballet Scene from Robert la Diable,” completed by Edgar Degas in 1872, is an exceptional oil on canvas representation of a genre painting grounded in the Impressionist movement. It measures 66 by 54.3 centimeters. In it, Degas captures a vivid scene from the ballet of the French opera “Robert le Diable” by Meyerbeer, demonstrating his talent for depicting motion and light.

This particular artwork features a theater scene, where the focus is divided between the shadowy orchestra pit packed with musicians in the foreground and the brightly illuminated stage in the background where ethereal figures of dancers can be seen performing. The contrast between the dark and light elements effectively draws the viewer’s attention towards the spectral dancers, enhancing the dramatic effect of the scene. Precise brushstrokes and the interplay of color and light showcase Degas’s mastery of capturing a moment in time and emotion, epitomizing the spirit of the Impressionist movement. The composition reflects the fleeting nature of the performance and the transient quality of theatrical experiences, a frequent theme in Degas’s exploration of the Parisian cultural scene.

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