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In 1879 Degas made this preparatory drawing of Miss La La, an acrobat of mixed European and African parentage. Renowned for her agility, she performed throughout Europe. This daring perspective shows La La suspended from the rafters of the circus by a rope connected to a bit between her teeth. She was a popular act at the Cirque Fernando which was close to Degas’s studio in Montmartre, Paris. In addition to her appearances in Paris she toured England, performing in London and at the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester.
black chalk & pastel on paper
H 47 x W 32 cm
Drawing & watercolour