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Full title Ballet Dancers
Artist Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Artist dates 1834 - 1917
Date made 1888
Medium and support Pastel on paper
Dimensions 62.5 × 70.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from a private collection
Inventory number L1250
Location Gallery C
Image copyright On loan from a private collection
Collection Main Collection
Ballet Dancers
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

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.

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