Torso of a Dancer (c.1899) by Edgar Degas

Torso of a Dancer - Edgar Degas - c.1899

Artwork Information

TitleTorso of a Dancer
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany

About Torso of a Dancer

The artwork “Torso of a Dancer” by Edgar Degas dates to circa 1899 and is crafted using charcoal. It represents the Impressionist movement and is categorized as a genre painting. This piece is part of the collection at the Kunsthalle Bremen in Bremen, Germany. The work showcases Degas’ affinity for the human form and particularly dancers, which is a recurring theme in his oeuvre.

The artwork captures a solitary figure of a dancer from a cropped, intimate angle, focusing on her upper body and thighs. The dancer’s pose is informal; her arms are crossed, and she appears to be in a moment of rest or deep thought. Degas’ use of charcoal allows for a soft, yet dynamic portrayal of the dancer’s physique, emphasizing the contours of her form and the texture of her tutu. The color palette is restrained, with the warm background enhancing the subject’s serene and contemplative mood. The dancer’s hair is done up, adorned with what appear to be flowers, suggesting a ready state for performance or the end of a rehearsal. Despite the simplicity of the medium, Degas conveys a tangible sense of the dancer’s presence and a glimpse into her world, offering a moment of connection with the viewer.

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