Dancers in Green (c.1878) by Edgar Degas

Dancers in Green - Edgar Degas - c.1878

Artwork Information

TitleDancers in Green
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Dancers in Green

The artwork “Dancers in Green” was created by the renowned artist Edgar Degas around the year 1878. Well-regarded for his mastery in depicting motion, Degas crafted this piece using pastel as his medium, aligning with the genre of genre painting. This piece is associated with the Impressionist art movement, a style marked by its focus on the effects of light and everyday life. Currently, this artwork is housed in a Private Collection, making it a treasured yet less publicly accessible example of Degas’s iconic focus on dancers.

In “Dancers in Green,” the artwork captures a group of three ballet dancers in mid-pose, with a strong presence of the color green as indicated by the title. Each dancer is at a different stage of movement, creating a dynamic tableau that conveys the grace and discipline of the ballet. Their costumes, presumably tutus, add to the sense of ethereal lightness and motion that Degas achieves through his deft use of pastels. The background is a muted blend of colors that suggest an indistinct setting, allowing viewers to focus on the figures themselves. The technique employed by Degas reveals his signature impressionistic style, where brushstrokes and color application emphasize ephemeral moments and the play of light rather than detailed realism.

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