Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Chicago Museum of Art: Degas' Yellow Dancers (In the Wings)

This was one of the 24 works shown by Degas at the second Impressionist exhibition in 1876.  It was one of several ballet scenes.  In this, he places the viewer in the wings of the theater.   This was actually a position of privilege, where an elite male subscriber to the Paris Opera could freely roam and socialize. 

Degas originally required the help of his influential friends to slip him into this more private world.  He paid his own way in in 1885.

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