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The Ballerina

Edgar Degas (AKA Hilaire Germain Edgar De Gas), French, (July 19, 1834–September 27, 1917)

Creation date: ca. 1876
Creation place: France

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase through the Earle W. Grant Acquisition Fund
Accession Number: 1976.111
Dimensions: 12 5/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (32.07 cm x 23.81 cm)
Currently on view


Desmond Fitzgerald, Brookline, Massachusetts ( - )

Farargil Galleries, ( - )

Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan, New York, New York ( - )

Pierre Matisse Gallery Corp., New York, New York ( - )

Cummins Catherwood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ( - 1976)

American Art Galleries, New York, New York (April 21, 1927 - April 22, 1927)

Lee Ault, (1944 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1976 - )

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War and Revolution, 1870–1940

When Monet was just beginning his forays into Impressionism, Degas was already a firmly established artist, experimenting with new subjects and styles, such as modern life and japonism (the influence of Japanese art). Both of these revolutionary elements come together in this painting, which depicts the activities inside the rehearsal rooms of the Paris Opéra, in a composition that is dynamically cropped and energetically painted. In his art, Degas was presenting a whole new aesthetic with little connection to the one preached by Bouguereau, whose paintings Degas “admired” for their Bouguereauté (Bouguereauty).
Last Updated: 8/6/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures , 10/18/2003 - 1/18/2004

Degas: Classical and Modern , 10/1/2004 - 2/7/2005

The Art of Music San Diego Museum of Art , 9/26/2015 - 2/7/2016

Post-Impressionism San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2018 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Victoria Jane Ream. Art in Bloom Deseret Equity, Publishing Division. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1997
Page Number: 126, 127, Figure Number: 126

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 132, 133, Figure Number: 133

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