Dancer Leaving Her Dressing Room (c.1879) by Edgar Degas

Dancer Leaving Her Dressing Room - Edgar Degas - c.1879

Artwork Information

TitleDancer Leaving Her Dressing Room
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Dancer Leaving Her Dressing Room

The artwork “Dancer Leaving Her Dressing Room” is a pastel genre painting created by the artist Edgar Degas circa 1879. It is executed in the Impressionistic style, which is known for its loose brushwork and emphasis on the portrayal of light and movement. This particular piece by Degas is part of a private collection.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with an intimate scene of a dancer, depicted in a fleeting and casual moment as she leaves her dressing room. The dancer is dressed in a vibrant green tutu with decorative embellishments, and her pose suggests movement, indicative of the action of stepping out. The use of pastel allows for a soft yet vivid rendering of colors and textures, particularly noticeable in the skirt’s flounce and the wooden floor. Degas’ attention to the play of light and shadow adds depth to the composition, with the dancer’s shadow cast against the door, enhancing the sense of realism. The work exemplifies Degas’ interest in the daily life of ballet dancers, capturing the behind-the-scenes reality in a way that feels both candid and artfully composed.

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