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It is quite common to see Edgar Degas being portrayed as fundamentally linked to ballerinas in his artistic career, but the fact of the matter is that the artist was not so much interested specifically in ballet practitioners, but instead on movement, and it just so happened that ballerinas as a subject matter enabled him to combine three aspects that were important for his art: the beauty of action, the transformative power of light, and, always important for the artist, the most practical issue of being commercially viable.
This oil on canvas, painted between 1885 and 1890, exemplifies in unmistakable terms that tendency, portraying the eponymous dancers in a rather unorthodox manner, subverting traditional composition rules. In possession of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, in Brazil, the piece emphasizes that the reality is much larger than what can be included in a canvas.
That effect is achieved with the illusion of movement that guides the observer’s eyes. The ballerina further in the foreground, which is dressed in a different color from the others, indicating that she would be a soloist, is only partially in the frame of the painting. That alone establishes a flurry of movement in the scene, creating a narrative. From there, the observer’s eyes move from ballerina to ballerina, from pose to pose, all the way to the last one, whose left arm is portrayed many times to indicate rapid movement.
Despite the simplification in their shapes, to a point where the faces are merely indicated by the shape of the nose and the shadows created by their brows, the dancers are alive with emotion and feeling, their body language communicating a wealth of meaning. Behind them, the background is but a light blur, like there is more of a spectacle happening there, but the focus is on the ballerinas.
Which explains the reasoning behind Degas’ preference for painting ballerinas, for movement, precise and full of emotion, is their craft. Their bodies are drawn by the stage lights, enabling the painter to portray its effect on the human body creatively. Further, their art is full of intensive plastics, which offers a rich aesthetic, making the work more marketable. By this, we mean that even if it wasn’t the most important reason for Degas’ choice of subject matter, he made a commercially happy decision.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Four ballerinas on the stage, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Four ballerinas on the stage 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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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
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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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