Edgar Degas

Dancers Coming Down from the Dressing Room


Et ces demoiselles frétillaient gentiment devant la glace du foyer
[And then the young ladies fidgeted delightfully in front of the mirror]
From La famille Cardinal [The Cardinal Family], 1939
Materials & Technique: prints, illustrated books, photogravure
sheet 32.5 h x 24.8 w cm
composition 20.7 h x 15.5 w cm
plate-mark 21.5 h x 16.4 w cm


SKU: M-DEGAS-12231 Artist: Tag:
Nicole Wolff
Gallery Director

Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A superb draughtsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half his works depict dancers. These display his mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are considered to be among some of the finest in the history of art.

Early in his career, his ambition was to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.