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Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917.
e Artist : painter
Frieze of Dancers (detail).
b 70 x 200.5 cm.
c Oil on fabric.
Design Date: Signed in lower right: Degas.
The splashes of green paint-strangely placed over the figures well after the artist had finished the canvas-evoke shadows and highlight the ballerina's red hair. In contrast to the immobility of the sculptural frieze, the green in the painting creates a sense of hypnotic movement through the vibrant, diverse colors. .The young woman is placed in an undefined setting, surrounded by mere wisps of color, applied so spontaneously that the paint ran and dripped. Degas even added the circles in the foreground with his thumb. Such audacity, while acceptable in a small sketch, must have shocked the artist's contemporaries when presented on a six-foot canvas. Equally radical is the idea of combining multiple views of a single figure.
Cleveland, Ohio., United States.
Style: French Realist/Impressionist.
Cleveland Museum of Art. ID=UOC
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Closeup; detail showing brushwork.