The Star Dancer En Pointe

size(cm): 40x55
Sale price£150 GBP


Edgar Degas's Star Dancer En Pointe is a masterpiece of French Impressionism that has captivated art lovers for more than a century. This painting, depicting a ballerina in full motion, is a perfect example of Degas' artistic style, characterized by his ability to capture everyday life with a unique impressionist technique.

The composition of The Star Dancer En Pointe is impressive. Degas manages to capture the ballerina's movement with astonishing precision, making the painting appear to be in constant motion. The dancer is at the center of the painting, with her body curved and her arms outstretched, creating a sense of balance and harmony in the composition.

Color also plays an important role in this work. Degas uses a palette of soft and delicate colors, which reflect the elegance and grace of the dancer. Pastel shades of pink and blue are combined with black and white to create a feeling of lightness and movement.

The story behind The En Pointe Star Dancer is fascinating. Degas was a great admirer of dance and spent much of his career painting ballerinas in various poses and movements. This particular painting was created in 1878 and was first exhibited at the fourth impressionist exhibition in Paris in 1879.

But there is a little-known aspect of this painting that makes it even more interesting. It is believed that the dancer Degas painted in this work is actually one of his lovers, a dancer named Marie van Goethem. Van Goethem was one of the dancers in the Paris Opera Ballet and posed for Degas on several occasions.

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