Three Dancers in Purple Skirts (c.1895 – c.1898) by Edgar Degas

Three Dancers in Purple Skirts - Edgar Degas - c.1895 - c.1898

Artwork Information

TitleThree Dancers in Purple Skirts
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1895 - c.1898
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPhilips Collection, Washington, DC, US

About Three Dancers in Purple Skirts

The artwork titled “Three Dancers in Purple Skirts” is a creation of the artist Edgar Degas, executed approximately between 1895 and 1898. This genre painting adheres to the Impressionist movement and is crafted using the medium of pastel. Currently, it is housed at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, United States.

The artwork depicts a trio of dancers, each adorned in a purple skirt that captures the eye with its vibrant hue and textural detail. The skirts, rendered with a sense of movement, seem to swirl around the dancers’ legs, adding to the dynamism of the scene. The dancers are shown with their arms elegantly raised, indicating either a poised moment of a dance routine or a collective gesture of grace, their faces suggest focus and expression of their art form. The brushwork is loose yet masterful, evoking the essence of impressionism where the emphasis is on the overall effect rather than precise detail. The background blends harmoniously with the figures, setting a cohesive stage for the dancers’ performance. Degas’ use of color and light gives life to the composition, emphasizing the motion and ethereal quality of the dancers. This artwork provides a window into Degas’ fascination with dance and his ability to capture the fleeting moments of movement and light.

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