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Evaluating Degas the Dance Class

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Naomi Ravick

on 1 November 2012

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Jadie Stillwell
Naomi Ravick
Rachel Gillcrist The Dance Class
By : Edgar Degas Le Classe de Danse or The Dance Class is a painting done by Edgar Degas from 1871-1874. Degas was a regular at the Paris Royal Opera Ballet and was fascinated by the realism of the dancers in their rehearsals and classes. Degas' fascination with the Ballet caused him to paint many portraits of them such as L'etoile (the Star) and Rehearsal of a Ballet On Stage. Counterarguments Those who dislike this painting would say that the meaning is too obvious and there is nothing left to interpretation. Also the critics could say that the painting is too busy with too much going on and no clear focal point. Usage of Color and Lines Degas uses many aspects of the room to his advantage such as the use of the floor boards for example. Degas uses vanishing perspectives and diagonal lines to help the viewer notice not only the bigger and more colorful dancers in the front, but also the less prominent dancers in the back. By making each dancers ribbon a different color it shows individuality in a room of conformity. The colors contrast a lot such as the white on the dancers costumes and the green of the walls. Conclusion The painting is an amazing work of art and the tiny details, objects, and elements that Degas uses in this painting really make it beautiful. The message that Degas is trying to convey is very clear to the viewer and there is nothing left up to interpretation which can be good or bad depending on personal preference. This painting shows that ballerinas are not the perfect dolls that others view them as and that they are real-life flesh and blood human beings. Author Background the Dog in the Corner helps to show that not all aspects of the rehearsal were perfect and posed but some were spontaneous. The girl sitting on the piano has bad posture and is scratching her back which shows a crack in the perfect facade of the ballerina that people see onstage This girl in the back is rolling her neck and not paying much attention to the teacher which is an example of the physical toll that each rehearsal and performance takes on a dancers body. not everyone is being obedient and what you would expect based on peoples opinions of perfect ballerinas. Works Cited
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