At the Mirror Impressionism ballet dancer Edgar Degas

After about 1880, his preferred medium became pastel in his of ballet dancers and milliners, mainly from memory of earlier works, and his more or less ceases.

After the Bath 3 nude balletdancer Edgar Degas

Through this combination, Degas was able to depict a sense of balance in his artwork....

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As a young man Degas was advised by the great Neoclassisist painter Ingres, “Draw lines, young man”. Degas took him at his word. No one has managed to get more vitality and sensuality into simple lines in pencil, charcoal and paint – lines describing the twisting volumes of the female form in space.

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The famous artist Spanish artist would also demonstrate some influence from French painter, , in a series of ballerina drawings. Seven Dancers and Four Dancers came around soon after Degas' death. They were both simply pencil sketches, of a similar style to .


Step into Edgar Degas's Paris with an evening of art and ballet

Late in life he confessed to the English painter Sickert, “Perhaps I have thought about women too much as animals”. And Degas’s dancers are all women. While there were plenty of male dancers at the Paris Opera, they never appear in Degas’s paintings.

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Himself a student of Michelangelo's and Manet's works, and a keen photographer, his paintings include a wide array of ballet dancers, portraits of friends, ordinary Parisian women and female nudes.

Musée d'Orsay: Edgar Degas The Ballet Class

While Degas has been described as an “artist of the dance”, he wasn’t interested in becoming a quasi-official chronicler of the ballet world, still less in glamorising it. His dancers are figures in an industrial process. And while Degas painted notably sympathetic portraits of women of his own class, these worker women remain anonymous.

Edgar Degas: Impressionist Figure Painter

On his death in 1917, hundreds of thousands of drawings were found in folios cramming his studio, along with scores of sculptures. Almost all were of women, above all of ballet dancers, rapid, but incisive sketches of the female body in movement.