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Dancers in Rose

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From the 1880s Degas was recognized as a master of pastel - a medium, highly popular in the eighteenth century, which he had done much to revive. Often, as here, he worked the pastel pigment in successive layers, creating complex juxtapositions of hues and textures. The ethereal dancers seem to...

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Inscription

Lower left: degas

Provenance

1901, sold by the artist to Durand-Ruel, Paris; by 1912, sold by Durand-Ruel to Joseph Flanagan, Boston; January 14, 1920, sold by Flanagan at American Art Association, New York, no. 58, and bought by Durand-Ruel for the MFA for $6800. (Accession Date: January 22, 1920)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

about 1900

Dimensions

84.1 x 58.1 cm (33 1/8 x 22 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.164

Medium or Technique

Pastel on paper

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Pastels