Three Ukrainian Dancers (1895) by Edgar Degas

Three Ukrainian Dancers - Edgar Degas - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleThree Ukrainian Dancers
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions63 x 53 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

About Three Ukrainian Dancers

The artwork titled “Three Ukrainian Dancers” was created by the artist Edgar Degas in 1895. This piece was executed in pastel, a medium Degas was exceptionally skilled in, and can be classified within the genre painting category. Measuring 63 by 53 centimeters, this work is associated with the Impressionist movement, an art movement known for capturing the essence of a scene with a keen play on light and color. Presently, the artwork is housed in the Nationalmuseum, located in Stockholm, Sweden.

The artwork captures a vibrant and dynamic scene of three dancers in mid-performance. Their dresses, presumably traditional Ukrainian costumes, are rendered with quick, expressive strokes of bright orange and soft white, suggesting the lively movement of their dance. The pastel medium allows for warm and textured hues that indicate both the energy of the dance and the immediacy of the moment captured by Degas. The dancers are positioned in various stages of motion, which is a typical feature of Degas’s work, highlighting his fascination with human movement and the female form. The background is minimalist with yellowish tones, which directs the focus on the figures and the expressive nature of their dance without overwhelming the viewer with detail. The figures are portrayed with a loose yet deliberate application of pigment, which conveys the impression of quick movement and transient light, both hallmarks of the Impressionist movement.

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