Dancer Adjusting Her Sandel (c.1890) by Edgar Degas

Dancer Adjusting Her Sandel - Edgar Degas - c.1890

Artwork Information

TitleDancer Adjusting Her Sandel
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Dancer Adjusting Her Sandel

The artwork entitled “Dancer Adjusting Her Sandal,” created by Edgar Degas around 1890, exemplifies the Impressionist movement through its pastel medium. As a genre painting, it captures an intimate, candid moment in the daily life of a dancer. The piece is currently held in a private collection, reflecting the artist’s enduring appeal among connoisseurs and collectors.

The artwork reveals the solitary figure of a dancer in a moment of repose, as she attentively adjusts the sandal on her right foot. The artist’s masterful use of pastels creates a soft yet dynamic effect, showing the dancer’s delicate tutu in flowing motion, suggesting the transient nature of the moment. Degas’ technique is particularly notable in the handling of light and shadow, where the graceful form of the dancer emerges from the muted tones of the background. The composition’s evident spontaneity, characteristic of Degas’ oeuvre and the broader Impressionist movement, provides a fleeting glimpse into the performative world with authenticity and sensitivity.

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