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Creator Name: Degas, Edgar Germain Hilaire
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1834 - 1917
Creator Name-CRT: Edgar Degas
Title: Frieze of Dancers
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1893
Creation End Date: 1897
Creation Date: c. 1895
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 70cm x 200.5cm
Inscriptions: signed lower right: Degas
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1946.83
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Context: This painting probably depicts a single dancer seen from four different viewpoints. The young woman is placed in an undefined setting, surrounded by mere wisps of color, applied so spontaneously that the paint ran and dripped. Degas even added the circles in the foreground with his thumb. Such audacity, while acceptable in a small sketch, must have shocked the artist's contemporaries when presented on a six-foot canvas. Equally radical is the idea of combining multiple views of a single figure, an approach that violated the traditional notion that a painting must represent a unity of time, place, and viewpoint. Degas's unusual presentation may have been inspired by the work of British photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904)
AMICA ID: CMA_.1946.83
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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