Pink Dancer (c.1896) by Edgar Degas

Pink Dancer - Edgar Degas - c.1896

Artwork Information

TitlePink Dancer
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Pink Dancer

The artwork entitled “Pink Dancer” is a creation of Edgar Degas, dated around 1896. This piece is executed in pastel, showcasing Degas’s adeptness with the medium. As an artist of the Impressionist movement, Degas often focused on scenes of daily life and captured moments of movement, particularly in his genre paintings. The “Pink Dancer” is held in a private collection and continues to reflect the Impressionist interest in light, color, and movement.

In “Pink Dancer,” we observe the figure of a dancer rendered with the soft and textural qualities intrinsic to pastel work. The dancer is portrayed in a casual, off-stage moment—her pose suggesting rest or preparation rather than performance. Degas’s use of color in this artwork emphasizes the vivid pink of the dancer’s costume, set against a background of more muted and complementary hues, which imparts a sense of depth and context to the scene. The artist’s signature can be discerned towards the bottom right, a discreet confirmation of the work’s authenticity and provenance. Through this pastel, Degas artfully captures the grace of the dancer, a subject for which he is renowned, and presents a moment that feels both intimate and transient.

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