Edgar Degas was widely known for producing a series of studies and versions for his artworks. This is the case with this scene: two similar pieces were produced, probably sketched during the same production or even on the same night. Dancers in Pink 2 is the second version from 1884 of a painting that represents a small group of ballerinas over a yellow background. The pink tone on their dresses is vibrant, as well as the yellow on the background.
In this work, Edgar Degas painted five young girls in the foreground and one girl in a white dress with red hair on the background. Even though the light comes from the right side of the front of the stage, the ballerina in white - that was placed on the background and whose details are hard to define - is very bright.
The dancers are not presenting, but they look like they are about to get into the stage or are preparing for a presentation. The painting is off center, and they concentrate on the right side of the canvas. The ballerina that is in the center of the composition stands on her side and looks down holding a rose. It appears that she is trying to fix her dress or attach the rose to her skirt. Light comes from the right and shines on her back, showing her white skin. Her hair is brown and pulled up with a light pink flower arrangement. Behind her, to the left, there is a girl with her hand on her waist and looking to the side of the stage, off-panel.
On the right, there are three little girls concentrated. One is almost leaving the composition, with black hair and a bright red flower on her head. She is face to face with a brown haired girl that looks to be adjusting her dress. Behind these two, a third one calls someone from outside of the composition, waving her arm. They are dressed in a warm tone of pink with puffy skirts. The girls have small purple details that look like rhinestones on their dresses and wear long pink gloves with white bracelets. On their corsets, bright red flowers decorate their cleavages. The stockings are dark.
The whole composition has a wonderful color palette, as the pink ballerinas contrast with the bright yellow background. The background is composed of vigorous brushstrokes and tonalities of grey and yellow. There is a darker void on the back where the ballerina in white stands - as if it was the end of the scenery or the back of the stage.
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