Ballet Dancers

Whether performing, rehearsing or at rest, dancers never ceased to fascinate Degas, providing him with endless motifs. In this composition exhausted ballerinas have just come offstage, and are pictured while stretching, resting, or using a fan. The artist made multiple studies of each individual figure, combining them in this highly appealing work. Here, Degas applied pastel powders in thick layers; its warm tones of colour lend the composition its vibrancy.

Key facts

Artist dates
1834 - 1917
Full title
Ballet Dancers
Date made
Medium and support
Pastel on paper
62.5 × 70.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery