La classe de danse (The Dancing class) (c. 1873-75) by Edgar Degas

La classe de danse (The Dancing class) - Edgar Degas - 1871 - 1874

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TitleLa classe de danse (The Dancing class)
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1871 - 1874
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions85 x 75 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris
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About La classe de danse (The Dancing class)

The Dancing Class is a prominent oil on canvas artwork created by Edgar Degas around 1873-75. This artwork is regarded as one of the finest examples from the Impressionist movement and showcases Degas’ transition towards Impressionism. It was initially commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Faure and depicts the study of ballerinas at the Paris Opera.

As a true artist, Degas worked on numerous studies and sketches of individual figures to bring his artwork to life. The artwork is now in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris with dimensions of H. 85,5; L. 75,0 cm, and H. 109,5; L. 99,3 cm with the frame.

Overall, La Classe De Danse brings together Degas’ love for ballet and art. It captures the essence of the time and place, with a subtle use of colors and brushstrokes bringing the ballerinas to life.

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