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Ballet at the Paris Opera

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Edgar Degas

<p>Edgar Degas was a 19th-century French painter and sculptor known for depicting realistic movement. His chosen subjects were typically women and, in particular, ballet dancers. Degas&#39;s oil paintings and pastels remain some of the most breathtaking examples of Impressionism from the era.<p> <p class="title-3">Who was Edgar Degas?</p> <p>Edgar Degas was born into a wealthy Parisian family in 1834. As a classically trained artist, his early works focused on historical subject matter and traditional portraits. However, by the 1860s, he had forged relationships with luminaries like Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.<p> <p>These friendships would profoundly impact his work, and by the 1870s, he was ensconced in the Impressionist movement and a key part of the Society of Independent Artists. However, he didn&#39;t readily associate himself with style and preferred to refer to his works as a "realist."<p> <p class="title-3">What are the characteristics of Edgar Degas wall art?</p> <p>Women were far and away, Degas&#39;s favorite subject matter. His early work at Impressionist exhibitions included stunning portraits of women in various scenes, as cabaret and ballet dancers or working as laundresses or milliners. His use of unusual or unconventional perspectives makes these oil paintings stand out, even today.<p> <p>Degas&#39; work and subject matter portray a France in social flux. As women entered the workplace en masse, he sought to capture this moment in time with his keenness for realism. Later in life, Degas would exhibit a collection of nudes that caused much consternation in France, with some critics denouncing the subjects as ugly. However, when viewed from a modern perspective, these works exude a vulnerability and authenticity presented without edifice.<p> <p>Unlike his Impressionist contemporaries, Degas had little interest in en plein-air painting of landscapes and outdoor scenes. While his work contains the light color palette, simple compositions, and brushstrokes associated with Impressionist painting, his subject matter was far more radical.<p> <p class="title-3">How to choose Edgar Degas canvas art?</p> <p>Degas painted around 1500 pictures of ballet dancers that explore the movement of the human body through unique poses and nontraditional perspectives. While his career was long and spanned different styles, these works stand out against his earlier, more static work.<p> <p>Many consider the 1870s as the high point of his career. Works such as “In a Café” (1878), “Ballet Rehearsal” (1873), and “The Ballet Class” (1874) are among his most celebrated pieces.<p> <p>Edgar Degas&#39;s canvas art has an inimitable style. The work is delicate and unassuming, which lends itself to traditional or modern design schemes. His best works are an excellent gift for friends or family interested in ballet or the arts. Browse our extensive collection of Edgar Degas wall art to find a piece that resonates with you.<p>

<p>One of the nineteenth century's most innovative artists, Edgar Degas often combined traditional techniques in unorthodox ways. In Ballet at the Paris Opera, the artist creatively joined the monotype technique, rarely used in his time, with the fragile medium of pastel. Described as - the powder of butterfly wings, - pastel was the perfect medium to illustrate the onstage metamorphosis of spindly young dancers into visions of beauty as perfect and short-lived as butterflies. This work, executed on one of the widest monotype plates ever used by the artist, bears Degas's characteristically cropped forms and odd vantage points, which effectively convey the immediacy of the scene. The view is from the orchestra pit, with the necks of the double basses intruding into the dancers zone. The central dancer is in fifth position, en pointe, but the random placement of the corps de ballet, with the dancers' free-flowing hair, suggests a rehearsal rather than a performance. The Paris Opera was the official school of the first state-supported ballet, the Academie Royale de Danse, created in 1661.</p>

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