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Dancer Adjusting Her Dress

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Edgar Degas, Dancer Adjusting Her Dress, ca. 1885, pastel on paper, Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer, public domain, 35.42

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Title

Dancer Adjusting Her Dress

Artist

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)

Date

ca. 1885

Medium

pastel on paper

Dimensions (H x W x D)

24 1/4 in x 18 1/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Degas, pastel, lower right

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Drawings

Object Type

drawing

Culture

French

Credit Line

Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer

Accession Number

35.42

Copyright

public domain

Terms

dancers

drawings

figures

paper

pastels

Description

The ballet was a favorite theme for Edgar Degas, whose body of work included approximately 1500 representations of dance subjects. Like other artists and writers of the late nineteenth century attracted to the social milieu of the ballet world, Degas recorded what only the most privileged were allowed to see—intimate glimpses of the classroom and the foyer beyond the stage, where dancers stretched, practiced, and flirted with their aristocratic patrons between performances. Dancer Adjusting her Dress is characteristic of Degas’s interest in the idiosyncratic and the individual, depicting the unguarded and natural gesture of a dancer as she rests during rehearsal.

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