Edgar Degas’ “The Dance Lesson” (ca. 1879) is a mesmerizing pastel drawing that delves into the world of ballet, showcasing the artist’s expert handling of composition and movement. In this piece, Degas made various adjustments, adding strips of paper at the top and to the right, to accommodate the violinist in his final design. There is also evidence suggesting that the dancer’s pose may have been altered. A pastel study for the musician can be found in the Museum’s collection (19.51.1).
This beautiful work has a fascinating history: it was once owned by Gustave Caillebotte, who likely purchased it from or soon after the Impressionist exhibition of 1879. In 1894, Caillebotte bequeathed it to Renoir, who sold it shortly thereafter. Our museum-quality giclee prints, available on archival quality canvas or 100% cotton rag watercolor paper, have been carefully reproduced from high-resolution images to ensure unparalleled detail and authenticity. This allows you to fully appreciate the delicate lines, vibrant colors, and intricate details present in the original artwork.
“The Dance Lesson” is not only a testament to Degas’ artistic talent but also a captivating glimpse into the world of ballet. Whether you’re a fan of Degas’ work or simply appreciate the beauty and elegance of dance, this piece will make a stunning addition to your home or office. Elevate your art collection with a museum-quality print that not only reflects the elegance of the original piece but also offers a long-lasting and timeless beauty. Add this remarkable print to your collection today and enjoy the charm and sophistication it brings to your space.
Title: The Dance Lesson
Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Date: ca. 1879
Medium: Pastel and black chalk on three pieces of wove paper, joined together
Dimensions: 25 3/8 x 22 1/8 in. (64.5 x 56.2 cm)