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In the Wings

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1899

Artist:

Jean Louis Forain
French, 1852-1931

About this artwork

In this backstage view of a Parisian opera house, ballerinas field advances from elegantly dressed male patrons, who approach them in pairs. The stoic dancer in the foreground, chin up and eyes downcast, absorbs the penetrating gaze of one large man while another looms just behind her, so close that his black top hat overlaps with her orange headdress. In 19th-century Paris, male abonnés (season ticket holders) had special access to a back room where they could socialize while watching the ballerinas warm up. Many took advantage of this privilege to sexually exploit the young dancers, who were well aware that their careers depended upon the good favor of this donor class.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Jean Louis Forain

Title

In the Wings

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1899

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed upper right: Forain 1899

Dimensions

60.5 × 73.8 cm (23 3/16 × 29 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1118

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