Dancer on a Stage
Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (1834-1917)
Gouache and metallic paint on silk
Height: 24.1 cm ( silk ); Width: 14 cm ( silk ); Width: 31.5 cm ( frame ); Height: 44.1 cm ( frame ); Depth: 3.6 cm ( frame );
Signed, bottom centre & recto, Degas.
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
About this work
This painting originally formed part of a fan. A small curving indentation can be seen at the upper right, where the fan’s silk support was once trimmed in an arc.
The dancer performs before a backdrop of a rocky shoreline and the sun setting over water, in an unidentified ballet. Degas’s use of metallic paint enhances the sense of artificiality and performance.
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