Arts Everyday Living: Edgar Degas and the Art of Dance—A Trio of Russian Dancers


Edgar Degas, Russian Dancers, 1899, charcoal and pastel on tracing paper, mounted on cardboard, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


A painting is above all a product of the artist’s imagination.  It must never be a copy.  If, at a later stage, he wants to add two or three touches from nature, of course, it doesn’t spoil anything.*

Edgar Degas

French Impressionist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) not only created depictions of ballerinas in the studio and on-stage; his fascination with dance also extended to a series of pastels inspired by Russian dancers done in the 1890s.

*L’univers de Degas, Maurice Serullaz




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