The Dance Lesson, c. 1879

Giclée print of Edgar Degas’ masterpiece The Dance Lesson is available on acid free 100% cotton papers or canvas using archival ink and framed.

The Dance Lesson by French artist Edgar Degas.The original is an oil painting on canvas, created c. 1879. The painting is the first of a series of about 40 pictures that Degas painted in this horizontal, frieze-like format.It measures 38 by 88 centimetres (15 in × 35 in).

To the far left is a double bass with an exhausted dancer wearing a bright orange shawl sitting on it. There was also an open violin-case, which although painted out, is still visible. In the centre of the painting is a dancer in a pink shawl sitting on a chair with another dancer, turned away, standing just behind her adjusting the dark coloured sash of her dress. To the far right, at the back of the room, is a group of dancers practising their moves in the light from a large window.

The painting was carefully composed and shows the inspiration Degas drew from Japanese prints, with figures deliberately placed off-centre or cut off at unexpected angles and the large expanse of floor which appears to tilt upwards.

Artist: Edgar Degas
Nationality: French, 834 – 1917
Size: overall: 38 x 88 cm (14 15/16 x 34 5/8 in.) framed: 59.7 x 108.3 x 5.1 cm (23 1/2 x 42 5/8 x 2 in.)
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Collection of: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon 1995.47.6

Weight 2 lbs
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