Dancers in Green and Yellow (c.1899 – c.1904) by Edgar Degas

Dancers in Green and Yellow - Edgar Degas - c.1899 - c.1904

Artwork Information

TitleDancers in Green and Yellow
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1899 - c.1904
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, US

About Dancers in Green and Yellow

The artwork “Dancers in Green and Yellow” is a pastel on canvas genre painting created by the notable Impressionist artist Edgar Degas between approximately 1899 and 1904. This piece is an emblematic example of Degas’s preoccupation with the world of dance and exemplifies the mastery with which he harnessed the qualities of pastel to convey vibrancy and movement. The artwork can be found in the esteemed collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located in New York City, NY, US.

This particular artwork captures a moment of informal grace, with a group of dancers apparently caught in a candid state of repose or minor movement. The figures are depicted with a blend of skillful draftsmanship and vibrant, gestural strokes that emphasize their dynamic forms and the airy textures of their costumes. Green and yellow hues dominate their tutus, imbuing the piece with a sense of lively brightness against the more muted background, which relies on a blend of sketchy marks and deliberately unfinished areas, distinctive of Degas’s later works. The dancers’ postures and expressions vary, suggesting individual characters and a snapshot of activity and rest within their rehearsal space, a common theme for Degas, who frequently sought to capture the realism of dancer’s lives beyond the stage.

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