Dancing with Degas
Dancer, Arabesque Over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front, second study – Edgar Degas, Paris, Musée d'OrsayPhoto (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Edgar Degas was interested in modern life and more specifically in bodies in movement. In his quest, the world of dance offered him a genuine theatre of inspiration.
Dance was an ever-present subject in the artist's career. He admired these dancers who radiated from the stage. Their preparation, rehearsal and performance were all moments that inspired his work.
Combining a range of materials, Degas captured movement, gesture and expression with his astonishingly realistic depictions. His famous Little Dancer aged 14 was the only one of his sculptures exhibited during his lifetime. Indeed, his studies in sculpture were not destined to be seen, rather to allow him to fix movement in time in order to use them as models for his series of paintings of dancers and female nudes that made his reputation.
The Photo Agency offers you a look at Degas' lesser known but rich sculptural works. An opportunity to remind ourselves of the avant-garde talent of this multifaceted artist in images.