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Ballet Dancers
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

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 Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Artist dates 1834 - 1917
Full title Ballet Dancers
Date made about 1890-1900
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 72.5 × 73 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1926
Inventory number NG4168
Location in Gallery Room 42
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