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Yellow Dancers (In the Wings)

Three light-skinned, dark-haired ballerinas, painted in muted tones, wear off-the-shoulder yellow leotards and tutus as they huddle near each other. One adjusts her costume, while one holds her hands clasped above her head. At left is a painted screen with four pairs of feet visible underneath.
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  • Three light-skinned, dark-haired ballerinas, painted in muted tones, wear off-the-shoulder yellow leotards and tutus as they huddle near each other. One adjusts her costume, while one holds her hands clasped above her head. At left is a painted screen with four pairs of feet visible underneath.

Date:

1874/76

Artist:

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

About this artwork

Edgar Degas first painted dancers as an independent subject in 1871. He was to devote almost half his output as an artist to this subject, observing countless performances and rehearsals at the Paris Opéra. Here he placed the viewer in the wings, as if among the elite Opéra subscribers who roamed and socialized backstage. Dance subjects allowed Degas to contemporize his lifelong interest in showing the human body in complex movement, shifting the scene from ancient history to modern Paris. He finished and signed the present canvas in time for the second Impressionist exhibition, in April 1876.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas

Title

Yellow Dancers (In the Wings)

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1874–1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed at lower right: Degas

Dimensions

73.5 × 59.5 cm (28 15/16 × 23 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Palmer, Mrs. Bertha P. Thorne, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Wood, and Mrs. Rose M. Palmer

Reference Number

1963.923

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