Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper (1880 – 1885) by Edgar Degas

Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper - Edgar Degas - 1880 - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleDancer Adjusting Her Slipper
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1880 - 1885
Art MovementImpressionism

About Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper

The artwork titled “Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper,” created by Edgar Degas between 1880 and 1885, is an exquisite example of genre painting within the Impressionism movement. This piece portrays the intimate moment of a dancer attending to her footwear, capturing the grace and the transient nature of everyday life that are characteristic of Impressionist works.

In this artwork, Degas employs pastel to create a soft yet dynamic scene centered on a single dancer. Her figure is captured in a moment of repose, bent forward with her head inclined towards her foot as she adjusts her slipper. The viewer is presented with a view from above, providing an intriguing vantage point that adds a sense of immediacy to the composition.

The use of color is subtle and mostly comprised of soft hues, with the dancer’s attire striking a delicate contrast against the warm, brown background. The pastel strokes give texture to her tutu, which fans out around her in a flurry of white and light blue, emphasizing the airiness and flow of the fabric. The dancer’s body is rendered with a mastery of form and movement, demonstrating Degas’ keen observation of human anatomy and his particular fascination with the world of ballet. The interplay of light and shadow on the dancer’s back and limbs adds depth and realism to the scene, while the rough and spontaneous quality of the application suggests the impermanence and fleeting sensation that are hallmarks of the Impressionist style.

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