Dancer with Left Arm Raised (1887) by Edgar Degas

Dancer with Left Arm Raised - Edgar Degas - 1887

Artwork Information

TitleDancer with Left Arm Raised
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, US

About Dancer with Left Arm Raised

The artwork titled “Dancer with Left Arm Raised” was crafted by the renowned artist Edgar Degas in the year 1887. This piece, rendered in pastel, is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, which is known for its exploratory brushwork and vivid depiction of light. Having the characteristics of a genre painting, the artwork finds its residence in the Kimbell Art Museum located in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

In the artwork, a young dancer is depicted with her left arm gracefully lifted overhead while her other hand gently touches her forehead, casting her gaze slightly downward. The dancer is adorned in a voluminous tutu, highlighted by the soft pastel strokes that lend a sense of texture and movement to the fabric. The artwork conveys a sense of ephemeral beauty and spontaneity, hallmarks of Degas’ style and the Impressionist genre. Degas’ use of pastels allows for a vivid interplay of colors, with purples, blues, and shades of white and cream contributing to the overall delicacy of the piece. The background remains loosely defined, allowing the focus to remain on the dancer’s figure and the expression of her form in motion.

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