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Dance Class at the Opera, rue Le Peletier by Edgar Degas - Reproduction Oil Painting
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Dance Class at the Opera, rue Le Peletier

Around the year 1870, Edgar Degas started to paint ballerinas and ballet studios. During his artistic journey, he also detached from the academic style he was trained with, and increasingly developed into Impressionism. Edgar Degas himself never acknowledged the title as an Impressionist painter.

Dance Class at the Opera, rue Le Peletier is a painting from this transitional phase, where it is still possible to see the realism and sharpness of the academic style, yet he is already turning into the ballet subject and slowly developing rougher texture on the finishing of the piece.

In this painting, we observe a man in a white suit and a black mustache wearing a black bow tie and round glasses. This man would be Louis François Mérante, who was a dance instructor of the Opera House. Degas would often visit the Opera House, not only as a spectator of the shows but also as a visitor to the backstages and his references become clear in pieces like this.

Ten ballerinas are disparted around the room. Some waiting, some warming up at the bar and one of them, on the left, being examined. All of them are wearing pearly white dresses. The ballerina on the left, the one who is currently being examined, has a black ribbon on her waist and her hair tied up in a black band.

The room of the Opera House is thoroughly detailed. The tall yellow walls lead into the top frieze, decorated in darker tones of gold and silver. There is an arch behind the crowd, and the red bar that crosses over it suggests it is covered by a mirror. On the back, tall white doors are opened, letting us peek through the next darker room where we can see the dress and foot of another ballerina. In the front, there is a wooden chair painted in a warm light wood tone. On top of it, there is a fan and a white piece of cloth.

In this scene, there is a total of ten dancers. On the background, in the middle of the painting, three girls are stretching at the bar. To the left and behind the examiners, the others stand. Some are reading a poster on the wall, and some are warming up. All the dresses are similar; with white pearl puffy skirts, and most of them have matching bands around their waist and neck.

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Dance Class at the Opera, rue Le Peletier Edgar Degas

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