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La Classe De Danse (Degas)

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Degas spent an enormous amount of time at the Paris Opera in the 1870's, watching and sketching. His favourite subjects were the dancers in the corps de Ballet, a theme he depicted with many variations. The Dance Class, an oil painted on canvas between 1873-1875, now hangs in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris.

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Edgar Degas was both an avid photographer and a collector of Japanese prints and his The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse) of 1874 shows influences of both. From the 1870s until his death, one of Degas’s favourite subjects was ballerinas at work, in rehearsal or at rest, and he tirelessly explored the theme with many variations in posture and gesture.

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