Dancer with Bouquet (c.1876) by Edgar Degas

Dancer with Bouquet - Edgar Degas - c.1876

Artwork Information

TitleDancer with Bouquet
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions67 x 38 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Dancer with Bouquet

The artwork entitled “Dancer with Bouquet” is a creation by the renowned artist Edgar Degas, dating to circa 1876. This piece reflects the Impressionist movement’s distinct style and approach to capturing the fleeting moments of modern life. Measuring 67 by 38 cm, it is considered a genre painting and presently held within the esteemed collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

In the artwork, the focal point is a ballet dancer caught in a triumphant pose, holding a bouquet. The dancer is positioned prominently in the foreground, with her tutu radiating outward in soft, translucent ruffles that showcase Degas’ mastery of depicting fabric and movement. The subdued, yet lively palette of yellows and greens in her costume contrasts with the darker, more muted background, drawing the viewer’s attention to her. Surrounding her are hints of other dancers and performers, creating a sense of depth and the impression of a populated stage, which is typical of Degas’ many works centered around ballet and theater life. The brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of the Impressionist movement’s emphasis on light and motion over precise realism. Degas’ signature is visible at the bottom of the artwork, anchoring the composition with a human touch that connects the artist directly with his subject.

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