About this artwork
Edgar Degas depicts seven dancers performing in a ballet. The gestures of the women’s raised arms and feet capture the actions, forms, and poses of the corps de ballet (the ensemble, or chorus, of a ballet company that performs in groups). To heighten the sense of motion and spectacle, Degas smudged the edges of the forms where the dancers’ dresses meet the stage.
- Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
- On the Stage
- France (Artist's nationality:)
- Pastel and essence over monotype on cream laid paper, laid down on board
- 59.2 × 42.8 cm (23 5/16 × 16 7/8 in.)
- Potter Palmer Collection