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One of the things that Edgar Degas is famous for is his attraction to the world of ballet, portrayed by him in the vast majority of his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. But, rather than depicting the grandeur and luxury of the spectacles themselves, the artist always preferred to register the prose of the backstage, the subtle poetry that he saw as permeating the daily life of those who spent the better part of their lives striving to perfect their bodies and movements for the entertainment and cultural aggrandizement of their audience.
Painted circa 1890, when the artist was already starting to lose his eyesight and with that, the capability of portraying minute detail, this oil on canvas depicts the graceful backstage of the French ballerinas, focusing not on the elements of their dress or mien, but in the slight natural movement, in the preliminary poses, and even on the almost familial relation between the dancers as they prepare to present their art. Now in possession of the Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, this magnificent piece of work not only represents dancers but goes further, describing the late years of an extraordinarily imaginative artist, who kept dedicating his life to his art even as his body failed him.
The dancers are not idealized, either, but real, natural. Their feet hurt, their poses are tired and their clothes, as pretty as they are, require adjustments. And that was precisely Degas’ objective in portraying them, to paint the pretty fabrics and the natural movement, covering those in the color and light as perceived by his own eyes and later mind. In the background, another group of ballerinas dressed in yellow seems to be doing their scene, being under the limelight, but not in the focus of the painting.
In that way, this piece is emblematic of Degas’ work, which always focused not on the ballerina on the stage, but on the ones outside of it, not in the character interpreted for the spectacle, but in the real person behind the character in the moment when that person is just her tired self. The four dancers dressed in bright turquoise tutus who occupy the foreground of the composition could be understood not as being four different people, but as being the same ballerina in different parts of her preparation, making it a record of Degas’ memory of a moment, not of a static scene.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Blue Dancers, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Blue Dancers that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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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.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
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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