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Edgar Degas's 1873 painting Ballet Rehearsal is a complex and iconic painting from one of the founding figures of the Impressionist movement. Painted as part of series of dancing subjects, Ballet Rehearsal is the work of an artist who has become closely identified with the theme of capturing movement — more than half of all of his works depict dancers. Preferring to be identified as a Realist rather than an Impressionist, Degas captured the effects of bodily movement in the same way that Monet and Renoir replicated the shimmering effects of light on water. His works reveal a psychological depth and a profound sense of isolation and existential loneliness. Originally intending to be a history painter, Degas quickly changed track and became in the eyes of many the most accomplished painter of the experience of modern life. Certainly standing out from his Impressionist contemporaries who tended to divorce themselves from the pace of the city, Degas immersed himself in the complexities of contemporary life. His studies of ballet and its dancers are the resultant force of his truly idiosyncratic approach to composition and design.
Conveying a sense of being squashed into a corner, hiding himself as much as possible from the action, Degas conveys both the trained balance of the dancers and the coiled energy of their movements. Spending a vast amount of time backstage making preparatory drawings before taking to the canvas, Ballet Rehearsal, is an ambitious and stark work of clarity and poise. Reflecting the techniques of the dancers, Degas' painting has the feel of spontaneity, yet behind it lies hours of practice, rehearsal and study. As one of the great canvases of the Impressionist age, this canvas was contemporaneous with the first Impressionist exhibition when Paris was the centre of a radical new rethinking of how subjects are seen and how subjects are revealed.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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