Violinist, Study for "The Dance Lesson"

Edgar Degas French

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Degas sensitively conveyed the union of a musician with his instrument in this work. It represents an intermediary stage in the development of the violinist featured in "The Dance Lesson" (1971.185). Based on a more preliminary sketch, Degas worked up the composition in pastel and squared it for transfer. Curiously, he executed it on the back of a bookseller's advertisement; however, the green tone of the paper perfectly suited the use of pastel.

Violinist, Study for "The Dance Lesson", Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Pastel and charcoal on green wove paper; squared for transfer in charcoal; letterpress printing on verso

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