Depicting spontaneous movement, unusual angles and keen composition, “Dancers in Blue” by Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) is one of many ballet paintings that make up over half of his total work. Degas is considered to be a founder of Impressionism, despite the fact that he rejected the movement’s penchant for painting outdoors and portraying natural light. An innovator in his own right, Degas completed paintings in the studio that originated as sketches of living models, strongly influencing later artists such as Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec.
The romance of the ballet is poignantly captured by French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). A keen observer, Degas preferred to be called a Realist, although his style is related to that of Impressionists. His innovative composition, skillful drawing, and perceptive portrayal of movement is uniquely his own. Degas also depicted social settings such as racecourses, cafes, and music halls. A profound influence on later artists, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas made sketches from living models to capture their spontaneity, later completing the paintings in the studio.