Dancer (c.1877 – c.1878) by Edgar Degas

Dancer - Edgar Degas - c.1877 - c.1878

Artwork Information

ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1877 - c.1878
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Dancer

The artwork titled “Dancer” is a creation by the artist Edgar Degas that dates back to approximately 1877 to 1878. Executed in the medium of pastel, it is a fine example of the Impressionism art movement, specifically falling under the category of genre painting. Currently, this piece belongs to a private collection, signifying its exclusivity and the value placed on it by its collectors.

In the artwork, one observes the depiction of a solitary dancer, presenting amidst what appears to be verdant surroundings. The figure is caught in a dynamic pose, with one arm elegantly raised above her head, suggesting a moment of fluid motion as if she is captured mid-performance. Degas’ skillful use of pastel imbues the scene with a soft yet vibrant quality, highlighting the interplay of color and light that is characteristic of Impressionist works. The composition demonstrates a masterful balance between the figure and the background, where the dancer stands out against the less defined, almost hazy setting, emphasizing her form and the delicate hues of her dress. The artistry of Degas is apparent in the way he renders the energy and grace of the dancer’s pose, making “Dancer” a stirring representation of the artistic preoccupations of its era.

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