Two Dancers Resting (c.1896) by Edgar Degas

Two Dancers Resting - Edgar Degas - c.1896

Artwork Information

TitleTwo Dancers Resting
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions80 x 104.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Two Dancers Resting

The artwork titled “Two Dancers Resting,” created by Edgar Degas circa 1896, is rendered in pastel on paper. Measuring 80 by 104.5 centimeters, it is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, specifically within the genre painting category. Currently, this piece resides within a private collection.

The artwork depicts two dancers in a moment of respite. Their poses suggest a combination of fatigue and relaxation, characteristic of performers between rehearsals or performances. The dancer on the left is seen bending forward with her hands touching her feet, while the dancer on the right sits on the ground, leaning back and supporting herself with her arms stretched behind her. Degas’ use of pastels has endowed the scene with a soft and textured quality, with the dancers’ flesh tones and tutus standing out against the muted colored background. The spontaneity and looseness of the strokes evoke the transient nature of the moment, preserving the dancers’ fleeting pause. The composition highlights Degas’ fascination with movement and the human form, as well as his ability to capture intimate, everyday scenes within the ballet world. His skill in conveying both the physicality and the elegance of the dancers is evident in the way he has masterfully balanced realism and impressionistic abstraction.

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