Trivium Art HistoryEdgar Degas

Dancers Practicing at the Barre

Dancers Practicing at the Barre, 1877 — Edgar Degas
75.6 cm81.3 cm

Dancers Practicing at the Barre is an Impressionist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Edgar Degas in 1877. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is available via Institutional Open Content, and tagged Children, Dancers, and Ballet. Source

Edgar Degas gave this painting to Henri Rouart, an art collector, as a replacement for an earlier work he had revised after it was complete and ruined. Later, Degas would regret the painting's none-to-subtle pun — a watering can mirroring the ballerina's pose, and ask Rouart if he could repaint it. Rouart declined. Good call, Rouart.

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