Posts Tagged ‘Edgar Degas’

wp-1595263337734.jpgThe Art Campers painted Degas’ Rider in a Red Coat yesterday.  Beautiful work by these young ladies.  And, of course, Lincoln loved being with all these girls!

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Camp 2 Day 3 DegasYesterday we continued Art Camp and studied Edgar Degas “The Jockey”.  The kids did a terrific job on this difficult painting.

Kids  Ice CreamThen in the afternoon we had our regular weekly kids art class where we painted ice cream cones.  It made us all hungry!  Great work everyone….

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A few weeks ago I posted about Degas’ Little Dancer sculpture that I saw at the Met.  I mentioned that the gallery was a dancers dream.  (Read that post here.)  Here is a closer look at the other dancers in the room – some wonderful dancer paintings.

Edgar Degas Dancer with Fan and The Dancers

Edgar Degas
Dancer with Fan and The Dancers

Dancer with a Fan, 1890-95, pastel and charcoal on buff-colored paper, was a study that he did for the Dancers in the Wings painting that is at the St. Louis Art Museum.

The Dancers, about 1900, pastel and charcoal on paper, is thought to be a second painting that he did of this composition that was done as he was making revisions to the original painting.

Dancers Practicing at the Barre Edgar Degas

Dancers Practicing at the Barre
Edgar Degas

Dancers Practicing at the Barre, 1877, mixed media on canvas, gives you a glance at the open door of a dance studio.

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Little Dancer - Edgar Degas

Little Dancer – Edgar Degas

Over the years I have posted many times about Edgar Degas and his dancers.   The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer that he sculpted in 1880 is just beautiful.  Degas exhibited the original version of this sculpture at the 6th Impressionist exhibit in 1881.  The wax original was tinted to simulate flesh, clothed in a fabric bodice, tutu, and ballet slippers and topped with a horsehair wig tied behind with a silk ribbon.  Can you imagine seeing that???!!!  Did you know that this sculpture was not cast in bronze until after Degas died.  His family had it done and 69 sculptures survived the bronzing process.  (You can read and see more about it here and at the link at the end of this post.)


Degas Dancer from the back

Degas Dancer from the back

The wonderful thing about seeing the sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently is that they have it displayed right in the middle of a gallery where you can walk all the way around it.  Wonderful! And there are many Degas Dancer paintings hanging in the gallery with it.  A dancer would be in heaven!

There is much known and written about Degas and his dancers.  Check it out here.

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