The Degas Dancers

What is so extraordinary about Degas is his ability to deconstruct the beauty of dance to its core. Among his pieces that capture motion and grace, there are those which highlight the inevitable aching that comes along with ballet. Degas did not wish to merely replicate beautiful girls in a studio, rather, he waited until classes and rehearsals were finished, he waited until girls took off their shoes and took down their hair, he waited until they became painfully human, and then he began to paint. 

Stylistically, it is character to its period, French Impressionism, but Degas creates art out of the pain rather than the beauty of ballet, and that is why he is so ahead of his time.

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