Dancers, Pink and Green

Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)

Date: ca. 1890

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 32 3/8 x 29 3/4 in. (82.2 x 75.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.42

Description

The heavily impastoed surface suggests that Degas worked directly and extensively on this picture, building up passages of color with brushes and his fingers. By mixing his colors with white to make them opaque, and by applying his pigments thickly and in several layers, he approximated the pastel technique that he had perfected in the 1880s. Degas punctuated the composition with the shadowy profile of a top-hatted patron of the Opéra, who enjoys the privilege of dallying with the dancers in the wings during a performance.

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