Dance lesson by Edgar Degas

Dance lesson by Edgar Degas

Grace, beauty and refinement – that’s what’s in all the pictures of Edgar Degas, dedicated to ballet. Master of painting wrote dancers in different techniques, and everything is clear – he was always fascinated by the plasticity of young dancers. And at the same time I understood very well what a hard work it is to reach the heights of mastery in such art as ballet.

How many times it is necessary to repeat countless exercises, to listen to teachings from teachers, sometimes even spiteful, to cross the line of complete exhaustion, until finally a dance is born, with which one can go out to the public.

It is such joyful pictures written in oil and pastel that we see in Degas’ work – young adorable girls dressed in air packs are beautiful, but if you look closely, you sometimes see signs of fatigue on your faces.

Much more of these, far from “ceremonial” emotions can be seen on the canvases describing the behind-the-scenes life of dancers. Whether they are resting, dressing in their elegant tutus, posing in front of a mirror or in front of a photographer, these characters are always vital.

And just as organically looks at the machine girl in the painting “Lesson of dance.” More precisely – on one of the paintings with this name. At first it seems surprising that the young dancer is not a beauty, she even has slightly pointed ears, like the elves, her chin is somewhat heavy.

Most likely, before us – until an adolescent, a “ugly duckling” who soon, very soon will become a beautiful swan, well, for now – a series of tedious classes, which brightens the accompanist playing the violin.

It seems that he dreams, he thinks about something, he seems to be present, but his thoughts are far from here, where his melody has dragged him, which he continues to draw with a bow over the strings. This thought is transmitted to the girl, she mechanically repeats her exercises, and she closely follows the violinist, trying to figure out what distances his tune called.

Pastel “Lesson of dance” Degas is a real fusion of three kinds of art: music, dance and painting.

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