The Dancing Class  1870

by Edgar Degas

This is Degas's first depiction of a dance class. Because the artist did not yet have privileges to go backstage at the Paris Opéra, his subjects came to his studio to pose. These sessions yielded many large study drawings, which Degas subsequently adapted for other compositions. In the late 1870s, he explained, "I have painted so many of these dance examinations without h...
7 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. (19.7 x 27 cm)
Oil on wood
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art