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A Group of Dancers, 1890s
Even in the 1870s, Degas had been interested in the professional world of the dancer at the periphery of the stage, waiting for a performance or a rehearsal to begin. At its wittiest and bawdiest, it was seen through the eyes of Ludovic Halevy and his fictional characters, the Cardinals. In the eighties the theme continued, though very much subdued and without the wit of the previous decade. In one pastel, Dancers in the Studio dated 1884 by Lemoisne, Degas had used the horizontal fieze format to show a group of four dancers to the right of the composition, with the back of the reflected in a large wall mirror. Somewhat later, presumably in the early nineties rather than in 1884 as Lemoisne dates it, Degas made another, a squarer version, in oil, Four Dancers in the Studio. Not only had the dancers aged and lost their wistful charm, but Degas had inserted another , highly muscular figure in the foreground bending over to tie her shoe. It was even later in the nineties that he produced another version, Group of Dancers, now in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.
|Institution||National Galleries of Scotland|
|Medium||Oil on paper laid on canvas|
|Dimensions||46.00 x 61.20 cm|