After three decades of exploring the motif of dance, danseuses continued to reign supreme in Degas’ art at the turn of the twentieth century. It remained his favorite subject and in the public regard continues to stand fast as his signature theme. For Degas, the dancer, not the nude, took its place at the apotheosis of the human figure. In the present work, each dancer is captured at a different angle allowing the artist to play with figurative rhythm and explore representations of different poses.

Edgar Degas, Dancers in the Green Room, circa 1880-94, oil on canvas, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit