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Two Dancers on a Stage

Photo credit: The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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Degas was fascinated by ballet. These dancers are probably performing the Ballet des Roses, staged by the Paris Opera company during performances of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’. Degas often used unconventional viewpoints to evoke modern urban life. We look down on these two ballerinas, as if watching them from a box beside the stage. They seem to interact, though their expressions and poses are hard to read.

The Courtauld Gallery

London


Date

1874

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 61.5 x W 46 cm

Accession number

P.1932.SC.89

Acquisition method

gift from Samuel Courtauld, 1934

Work type

Painting


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