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Dancer on a Stage
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Dancer on a Stage

Circa 1879

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.

Acquisition (source, method, date)
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. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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