Swaying Dancer

by edgar degas

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      Edgar Degas painted the Swaying Dancer between 1877 and 1879 with pastel and gouache on paper. This reproduction showcases a group of ballerinas depicted as viewed from an upper level side box of the theatre, mid-performance. Only one of the ballerinas is shown in full composition, as she executes a swift, complicated turn. The other ballerinas are cropped, leaving the viewer to use their imagination to determine the surrounding scene. In the background, a number of ballerinas dressed in orange stand next to the landscape scenery, waiting to come on stage. Degas’ use of a cropped, off-centred pictorial space was a method he used more frequently in the later 19th century, enticing the viewer with a segment rather than a full compositional scene. Degas' the Swaying Dancer captures the fleeting nature of the ballerinas movements with rapid pastel strokes, applied with expert skill.
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The Artist


Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) was a highly celebrated French impressionist artist of the 19th century famous for his pastel drawings and oil paintings of ballerinas, Degas helped shape the fine art landscape throughout modern art history. 

Edgar Degas studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and became renowned as a portraitist, fusing Impressionistic sensibilities with traditional approaches. Degas enjoyed capturing female dancers - as movement and the human form was his artistic playground, Degas showcased the contrasting awkward humility of the dancer backstage with her majestic grace in the midst of performance. His work influenced several major modern artists, including Pablo Picasso. 

One thing remains undeniable about Degas: His art were among the most painstakingly polished and refined paintings in history.

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