Dinner at the Ball (1879) by Edgar Degas

Dinner at the Ball - Edgar Degas - 1879

Artwork Information

TitleDinner at the Ball
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions46 x 67 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Dinner at the Ball

The artwork titled “Dinner at the Ball,” created by Edgar Degas in 1879, is an oil on canvas painting that exemplifies the Impressionist movement. It measures 46 by 67 centimeters and falls under the genre painting category. This notable piece is currently housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, where it continues to be an object of admiration and study for both art enthusiasts and scholars alike.

“Dinner at the Ball” is characterized by Degas’ use of vivid color and dynamic brushwork, hallmarks of the Impressionist style that sought to capture fleeting moments and the effects of light. The composition depicts a lively and opulent scene with guests engaged in a lavish banquet. The atmosphere brims with the movement of the figures and the radiance of the grand chandeliers that dominate the space, casting their glow over the merrymakers. The perspective and use of light suggest an immediacy as if the viewer has just stepped into this scene of high society entertainment.

The deft application of paint creates a sense of depth and texture, conveying the luxurious fabrics, glittering lights, and a general sense of elegance and motion that animates the scene. Despite the richness of the setting, Degas masterfully uses loose brushstrokes to give an impression of the ambiance rather than delving into fine details. The result is an artwork that resonates with the vibrancy of an aristocratic event from the past, while capturing the essence of Impressionist art.

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