Edgar Degas, 1879 - The Dance Lesson - fine art print

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Artwork information by National Gallery of Art website (© Copyright - National Gallery of Art - National Gallery of Art)

Degas' best-known works are those inspired by the ballet. For an artist committed to the depiction of modern life, the theater in all of its forms--the ballet, the opera, even the more raucous café-concerts--held a special appeal. What intrigued him the most, however, was not the formal, polished performance, but rather the behind-the-scenes, casual, candid moments of dancers rehearsing or resting. It is a theme that the artist was to explore time and again, not only in his ballet paintings but also in his horse-racing scenes.

Painted c. 1879, The Dance Lesson is the first ballet scene in a distinctive group of some forty pictures, all executed in an unusual horizontal format. Degas had already begun to experiment with this format in some of his racing scenes in order to create an almost panoramic sense of space. In the ballet scenes, the setting was transformed into an oblong rehearsal room populated by dancers in various states of activity and exhaustion. This format, which has been likened to a frieze, has a decidedly decorative quality. Degas' fascination with the unexpected views and flattened forms of Japanese prints is also apparent: figures are sharply cropped and placed off center, while the floor, which dominates the scene, seems tipped upward, an illusion that is accentuated by the elongated format.

Like most of his ballet scenes, The Dance Lesson is a deceptively straightforward image. Although the overall effect seems spontaneous, the picture was carefully orchestrated from start to finish. Degas produced a compositional sketch in one of his notebooks (possibly after he had already started the painting), laying out several crucial components: the seated figure at the center, the window at the far right, and the double bass and open violin case at the far left. Into this basic framework he then introduced the figures of other dancers. Pulled from a number of his drawings and other paintings, these figures, like mannequins, were moved and arranged in artful configurations. The dancer adjusting her bow, for example, appears not only in a number of pastels but also in several paintings from this group of friezelike compositions (The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). Even after the forms had been placed within the composition, they were subject to change. Degas altered a number of details, many still visible to the naked eye: the angle of the seated dancer's foot; the positioning of the legs and back of the chair; and the violin case, which the artist painted out at an early stage.

When shown in the fifth impressionist exhibition in 1880, The Dance Lesson passed largely unnoticed, and what commentary it elicited was equivocal. The critic Joris Karl Huysmans admired other works Degas exhibited and praised the artist's keen observational skills. Nevertheless, he characterized this painting as "dismal," though more in response to the mood than to the execution. Paul Mantz, troubled by the artist's tendency to slip into caricature, was less enthusiastic, though he did praise its "transparently fine atmosphere."

(Text by Kimberly Jones, published in the National Gallery of Art exhibition catalogue, Art for the Nation, 2000)

Details on the unique artwork

Name of the artwork: "The Dance Lesson"
Categorization: painting
General term: modern art
Temporal classification: 19th century
Created in: 1879
Approximate age of artwork: around 140 years
Artwork original medium: oil on canvas
Original dimensions: 38 x 88 cm (14 15/16 x 34 5/8 in)
Museum / location: National Gallery of Art
Location of museum: Washington D.C., United States of America
Website of the museum: www.nga.gov
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Art, Washington

Artist details table

Name of the artist: Edgar Degas
Other artist names: Hilarie Germain Edgar Degas, degas h.g.e., Degas Hilaire Germain Edgar, Te-chia, Degas, degas edgar, Degas Edgar, Degas Hilaire-Germain-Edgar, degas Hillaire germaine edgar, Degas Edgar Hilaire Germain, Degas E., Degas Edgar Germain Hilaire, degas hilaire germaine edgar, Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas, hilaire germain edgar degas, Degas Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas, degas e., hilaire degas, דגה אדגר, degas h.g.e., Degas Hilaire Germain, h.e.g. degas, Edgar Degas, e. degas, degas hilaire german edgar, Dega Edgar, degas edgar hillaire germaine, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Gas Hilaire Germain Edgar De, degas jilaire germain edgar degas, Degas H. G. E., edgar hilaire germain degas, De Gas Hilaire-Germain-Edgar, h.g.e. degas, Jilaira Germain Edgar Degas, De Gas Hilaire Germain Edgar, דגה אדגאר
Gender: male
Nationality of artist: French
Professions of the artist: engraver, photographer, sculptor, poet, painter
Home country: France
Artist category: modern artist
Art styles: Impressionism
Lifespan: 83 years
Birth year: 1834
Died: 1917
Place of death: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

About this item

Product classification: fine art reproduction
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Manufacturing method: UV print / digital printing
Product Origin: made in Germany
Type of stock: production on demand
Product usage: home décor, gallery wall
Alignment: landscape format
Image ratio: 5 : 2 length to width
Implication of the side aspect ratio: the length is two and a half times longer than the width
Available options: poster print (canvas paper), canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) options: 50x20cm - 20x8", 100x40cm - 39x16", 150x60cm - 59x24", 200x80cm - 79x31"
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Poster print (canvas paper): 100x40cm - 39x16"
Aluminium dibond print (aluminium material) sizes: 50x20cm - 20x8", 100x40cm - 39x16"
Picture frame: not available

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Detailed information about the product

The more than 140 years old piece of art was created by the artist Edgar Degas in 1879. The 140 years old version of the masterpiece measures the size: 38 x 88 cm (14 15/16 x 34 5/8 in) and was painted with the techinque oil on canvas. Furthermore, the artpiece can be viewed in in the National Gallery of Art's collection. This modern art public domain artpiece is provided with courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.: . In addition to this, the alignment is landscape with a side ratio of 5 : 2, which means that the length is two and a half times longer than the width. Edgar Degas was a photographer, poet, engraver, painter, sculptor, whose artistic style can be classified as Impressionism. The Impressionist artist was born in the year 1834 and passed away at the age of 83 in the year 1917.

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