Arts Everyday Living: Degas and the Ballet–A Fantasy and an Obsession?

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DEGAS AND THE BALLET

A FANTASY AND AN OBSESSION?

 

 

 

Edgar Degas, Blue Dancers, c. 1898, pastel on paper, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

A painting requires some vagueness, some fantasy.  When you always make your meaning plain, you end up boring people.

Quote of Edgar Degas*

Why was French Impressionist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) so obsessed with the ballet, a theme he depicted almost 40 years?

*From Memories of Degas by Georges Jeanniot

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