Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

Frieze of Dancers

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Publisher

Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation

Abstract

The splashes of green paint-strangely placed over the figures well after the artist had finished the canvas-evoke shadows and highlight the ballerina's red hair. In contrast to the immobility of the sculptural frieze, the green in the painting creates a sense of hypnotic movement through the vibrant, diverse colors. .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.

Keywords

Cleveland, Ohio., United States, Paris, France, Style: French Realist/Impressionist, School: Realist/Impressionist, Movement: Realism/Impressionism, French, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: French Realist/Impressionist; School: Realist/Impressionist; Movement: Realism/Impressionism; French; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Cleveland, Ohio., United States; Paris, France

Time Period

1883

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-PFF0098

Frieze of Dancers

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