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How Would You Describe Dancers at the Barre?

December 1, 2011

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Dancers at the Barre, ca. 1900. Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ x 38 ½ in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1944.

Earlier this week, I started my spotlight tour by asking the group to collectively come up with ten words or phrases to describe Degas’s Dancers at the Barre. Here’s what they shared:











What word would you use? Leave a comment, and let me know.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pat Cargill permalink
    December 1, 2011 2:36 pm

    Interesting anatomy! Front dancer’s standing leg appears to be coming from other than her torso. Ballet being much about illusion allows this beautful painting to speak to possibilities beyond body limits. Bravo!

  2. disciullo permalink
    December 3, 2011 9:48 pm

    “Blue” comes to mind as much as “orange” does.

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