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Title Rehearsal Before the Ballet
Object ID MFA-41.01
Description The French Impressionist Degas is perhaps best known for his paintings and sculptures of ballet dancers. The artist attended the ballet regularly and was fascinated by the movement of dancers. He was able to combine his love of the ballet with his training in representing the human anatomy in this painting. Degas was not concerned with representing the exact details of the dancers but rather the overall impression of their movement.

Edgar Degas was born into an upper middle-class family. His father was a banker and Degas was expected to start a career as a lawyer. He revolted against this idea and decided to study art. He received traditional training from Les Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he obtained his knowledge of anatomy. In addition, he attended the French Academy in Rome and lived in Italy for a few years. Upon his return to France, the Franco-Prussian war broke out and Degas enlisted as a soldier. he survived this experience, taking refuge in Normandy, and returned to Paris to paint.
Artist DEGAS, Edgar
Country France
Date circa 1877
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-20 W-24.25 inches
Credit line The James Philip Gray Collection
On Exhibit Yes, Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts