About this artwork
Edgar Degas recorded ballet dancers at rest and in motion in a variety of media, producing numerous drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures. The subject enabled Degas to study the movement of the human form and the contortions of the body. In this pastel, the performers wait behind the curtains, in the wings of the stage, and bend at the waist, arms akimbo, in preparation for their next appearance.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
- Two Dancers
- Pastel and charcoal, with stumping and burnishing, on tracing paper, pieced and laid down on cardboard
- Inscribed recto, lower right, in charcoal: "Degas"
- 705 × 536 mm
- Gift of Col. Robert R. McCormick to the Amy McCormick Memorial Collection