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    Artist Name:

    Edgar Degas

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    French, 1834 – 1917

    Title:

    Study of Two Dancers

    Date:

    ca. 1885

    Medium:

    Charcoal and chalk on paper

    Dimensions:

    18 1/4 x 24 inches

    Credit Line:

    Anonymous gift

    Accession Number:

    1979.4

    On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 101, Works on Paper Gallery and Study Room
    In his many studies of ballet dancers Degas sought to reveal the hard work that went into creating the illusion of the glamour of dance. He was particularly interested in depictions of dancers off-stage or in rehearsal. The two poses seen here—the brooding dancer with her head in her hands and the dancer adjusting a slipper—were so striking that Degas incorporated them into several other works. Here he rendered the outlines with his boldest, most powerful strokes, smudged the charcoal for coloration in some areas, and then added white chalk for dramatic highlighting. With this drawing Degas achieved the effect of intense life, capturing a sense of exhaustion that borders on despair in the dancer on the left.



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