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Dancers in the Rehearsal Room with a Double Bass

Degas used an elongated frieze format for more than forty rehearsal scenes made over the course of two decades. This is one of the first such works; it was preceded by The Dance Lesson (ca. 1879, National Gallery of Art, Washington). Here, the angled wall in the foreground sets off the striking juxtaposition of a double bass and a seated dancer, bent over to tie the laces of her slipper. Technical analysis reveals that Degas painted the complex composition in virtually a single campaign with only minor revisions.

Credit: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929...

c. 1882-85
Oil on canvas
39.1 x 89.5cm
29.100.127
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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