Arts Everyday Living: Art and Music Week, Part 3—Degas, Inside the Cafe-Concert

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Edgar Degas, Cafe-Concert,1876/1877,  pastel over monotype on paper board, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.



Long before Toulouse Lautrec immortalized the Moulin Rouge, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was celebrating the musical scene in Paris, personally taking each viewer inside the city’s night spots. For instance, in the vibrant pastel  Cafe-Concert, the artist places us at an angle, looking from the orchestra to the stage, as a chanteuse bends forward to entertain the crowd.  Can you almost hear her song?  Its lyrics perhaps risque, even bawdy, titillating two of the women on display in the back, who coyly raise their fans in feigned embarrassment.


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The Perfection of the Ballet

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