Four Dancers (c. 1899) by Edgar Degas

Four Dancers - Edgar Degas - c.1902

Artwork Information

TitleFour Dancers
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions64.7 x 43.2 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Four Dancers

The artwork titled “Four Dancers,” created by artist Edgar Degas circa 1902, personifies the Impressionist movement through its medium of pastel. This genre painting, measuring 64.7 x 43.2 cm, is held in a private collection. It represents Degas’ characteristic subject matter and style, which often focused on scenes of ballet and dance.

The artwork depicts a moment of repose among a group of dancers, capturing the dynamic and fluid grace of their movements. The pastel medium is employed with a mastery of color and light, characteristics of Impressionist works that evoke a sense of immediacy and the fleeting effects of light. Degas’ broad strokes and vibrant color palette suggest both the movement and the costumes of the dancers, while the composition reflects a candid, almost snapshot-like quality typical of his approach to portraying his subjects. Notably, the dancers’ postures and gestures are rendered with an intimacy and naturalism that invite the viewer to silently observe a moment within the dancers’ world.

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