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Two Ballet Dancers at the Barre

Two Ballet Dancers at the Barre

Edgar Degas (in circa 1872)

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Degas is best known for his depictions of theatre scenes. He recorded the swift movements and colourful costumes in numerous chalk drawings and pastels. Girls in the ballet studio and in the wings were among his favourite subjects. Around 1880 he began to model in clay. As he said himself, 'modelling is a way of thinking, just like sketching'.

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Title Two Ballet Dancers at the Barre
Material and technique Brush in brown and grey ink, heightened with white, on reddish tinted paper
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 283 mm
Height 223 mm
Artists Draughtsman: Edgar Degas
Accession number F II 54 (PK)
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (former Koenigs collection), 1940
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in circa 1872
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
De Collectie Twee - wissel I, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
Material
Object
Technique
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Edgar Degas

Parijs 1834 - Parijs 1917

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris in 1855. He took a number of study trips to Italy and initially painted mainly...

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