Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts (c.1899 – c.1904) by Edgar Degas

Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts - Edgar Degas - c.1899 - c.1904

Artwork Information

TitleThree Dancers in Yellow Skirts
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1899 - c.1904
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts

The artwork entitled “Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts” is a creation of the renowned artist Edgar Degas, estimated to have been produced between circa 1899 and circa 1904. This piece is executed in pastel, a medium for which Degas is particularly known. The painting is associated with the Impressionist movement, an art movement characterized by a focus on light and movement, as well as scenes from everyday life. As a genre painting, it captures a moment of social experience and everyday culture, specifically within the context of dance. The artwork is part of a private collection, and though it is not on public display, it exemplifies Degas’ fascination with the world of dance.

In the artwork, three dancers are portrayed engaged in a moment of rest or rehearsal, the figures imbued with a sense of movement and life that is typical of Degas’ studies of dancers. Their yellow skirts are a vibrant splash of color against a more muted background, suggesting the liveliness and energy of their performance. The composition is dynamic, with the dancers depicted at varying angles and in differing poses. Degas’ skill in rendering the human form, and particularly his interest in capturing the flow of dancers’ bodies in motion, is evident. The dancers’ expressions and postures suggest a focus and dedication to their art. The pastel medium allows for a soft yet textured approach, creating depth through both the layering of color and the artist’s deft strokes.

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