Ecole de danse (1873) by Edgar Degas

Ecole de danse - Edgar Degas - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleEcole de danse
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1873
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions19 1/16 x 24 5/8 in. (48.3 x 62.5 cm)
Current LocationCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
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About Ecole de danse

Ecole De Danse is an oil painting by French Impressionist Edgar Degas created in 1873. It is part of his renowned series of artworks that depict ballerinas. The painting portrays a dance class happening in a brightly lit room. The teacher is illustrated center stage, demonstrating a pose to a group of young ballerinas wearing tutus.

Degas was fascinated by the study of movement and the depiction of light and its effect on forms. His refined drawing skills set him apart from his contemporaries. The painting was originally created for the French opera singer and art collector Jean-Baptiste Faure. It is known that Degas created multiple versions of the artwork, and as such, they exist in museums and private collections worldwide.

Ecole De Danse showcases Degas’ proficiency in capturing the beauty and grace of the human form in motion. He emphasized the physical exertion involved in ballet, showing the dancers as they stretch and perfect their technique. The painting is an excellent example of the artist’s meticulous draftsmanship, with carefully arranged figures and a precise attention to cultural detail. Overall, it is a masterpiece that displays Degas’ fascination with movement, light, and the human form.

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