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Dance Paintings Dancers in the Rehearsal Room with a Double Bass

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Dance Paintings Dancers in the Rehearsal Room with a Double Bass

Dancers in the Rehearsal Room with a Double Bass was painted by Edgar Degas. More than any other group of works in Degas’s oeuvre, the frieze-format ballet rehearsals constitute a series. This painting is probably the second in more than forty such works. It was preceded by The Dance Lesson of 1879 (formerly Mellon collection; now National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), which shows a room with different details and a violin case instead of the contrabass. Dance paintings for sale

Otherwise, the essential features that characterize the series are present: the long wall that recedes precipitously back into space, providing a foil for one, two, or three principal figures in front; the pocket of space where the room widens, with two tall French windows illuminating a group of dancers limbering up before a rehearsal or cooling off afterward; the chair; and the bench, which was to become the locus for many of Degas’s late images of dancers. This painting can be reproduced by Daydaypaint.com. Original Dimensions: Height: 39.1 cm, Width: 89.5 cm. Other sizes and custom sizes are available,  Please Contact with us by email: daydaypaint@gmail.com.

Degas Ballet Paintings The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Ballet Paintings The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage

The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage was painted by Edgar Degas in 1874. There are three very similar versions of this composition. The largest, painted in grisaille (Musée d’Orsay, Paris), was shown in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.  Ballet paintings for sale

The two other works, tentatively dated to the same year, are in the Metropolitan’s collection. This painting probably preceded its close variant in pastel, which is more freely handled. Preparatory drawings exist for almost every figure in the rehearsal compositions. This painting can be reproduced by Daydaypaint.com. Original Dimensions: Height: 54.3 cm, Width: 73 cm. Other sizes and custom sizes are available,  Please Contact with us by email: daydaypaint@gmail.com.

Degas Ballet Paintings The Dancing Class

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Degas Ballet Paintings The Dancing Class

The Dancing Class was painted by Edgar Degas in 1870. This is the very first of Degas’s innumerable scenes of ballet dancers going through their paces in the studios and rehearsal rooms of the Paris Opéra. Late in his life, when he looked again at these early pictures, Degas lamented that he no longer had the eyes for such exacting work. When he painted this small picture for which there are many large study drawings he did not yet have privileges to go backstage at the Opéra, then on the rue Le Peletier. In the late 1870s, Degas explained, “I have done [painted] so many of these dance examinations without having seen them that I am a little ashamed of it.”  Degas dance paintings for sale

The dancer at the center of the composition is Joséphine Gaujelin (or Gozelin), whom Degas also portrayed in a stunning portrait (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston). Here, she awaits the starting note from the ballet master. The watering can (to wet down the rosin on the floor), the top hat as music holder, and the empty violin case are accessories that the artist would continue to use to enliven his ballet pictures. Similarly, the poses that Degas established here would recur in his work until the end of his life. This painting can be reproduced by Daydaypaint.com. Original Dimensions: Height: 19.7 cm, Width: 27 cm. Other sizes and custom sizes are available,  Please Contact with us by email: daydaypaint@gmail.com.