The Dance Lesson

Edgar Degas French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 816

Degas made various adjustments to this composition, presumably to accommodate the violinist in his final design. He added strips of paper at the top and to the right, and there is evidence to suggest that he may have altered the dancer's pose. A pastel study for the musician is in the Museum's collection (19.51.1). The present work was formerly owned by Gustave Caillebotte, who probably bought it from or soon after the Impressionist exhibition of 1879. In 1894 he bequeathed it to Renoir, who sold it shortly thereafter.

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The Dance Lesson, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Pastel and black chalk on three pieces of wove paper, joined together

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