The Dance Class, 1874
Degas began with cool and objective studies of the ballet dancers in the Paris Opera. In only a few years’ time he advanced beyond the posed, static rendering of his first pictures into a world of movement and casual effect. This painting is broad and free in treatment, gathering many impressions into a remarkably complex design. All the bustle of different movements as caught with an almost camera-like fidelity. Degas cuts off one figure by another, overlapping his forms masterfully, but so shrewdly are they fitted together that there is no confusion.
|Institution||The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||83.5 x 77.2 cm|