Degas is famous as a painter of ballet dancers, and the theme of the dance class or rehearsal was one of the preoccupations of his later career.

This study relates to several other drawings and paintings by Degas, including the 'Ballet Class' in the Bührle Collection, Zurich. The pose of the foreground dancer adjusting her slipper is repeated in numerous paintings and a sculpture. The use of a coarse canvas and the sketchy nature of the painting are typical of Degas's later work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1834 - 1917
Full title
Ballet Dancers
Date made
about 1890-1900
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
72.5 x 73 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1926
Inventory number
NG4168
Location in Gallery