Edgar Degas

Seated Dancer

Seated Dancer
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Author: Edgar Degas
Painting, Charcoal and pastel on paper pasted on cardboard, 63.5x48.7 cm
Origin: France, Circa 1879/1880

Degas, like no other artist, understood and knew how to show in his paintings and pastels everything particular to the dancer's profession. His phenomenal powers of observation and his candour prevented him from ever overelaborating his figures. By conventional standards, the seated dancer, with her flat face, awkward figure, and short neck, is hard to describe as beautiful. Nevertheless her pose is unaffected and at ease. Though perhaps not elegant, she is completely natural, which for Degas was more important.

The pastel displays a unique combination of splashes of colour. The balance of compositional elements is sustained by crossing diagonals.

Style: Impressionism
Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf
Theme: Theatre
Transferred from Germany after World War II

See also

Edgar Degas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (pronounced [ilɛʀ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡɑʀ dœˈɡɑ]), was a French artist famous for his ...
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Edgar Degas - Olga's Gallery
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