Yellow Dancers (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:

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.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 226

Artist

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas

Title

Yellow Dancers (In the Wings)

Origin

France

Date

1874–1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed at lower right: Degas

Dimensions

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

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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