Dancer Taking a Bow (The Star), ~1877, Edgar Degas

Dancer Taking a Bow (The Star), ~1877, Edgar Degas

© Randall Hobbet – All rights reserved – 2014 Getty Center, Los Angeles: Degas was a crucial figure in the nineteenth-century pastel revival. Inspired by such virtuoso pastellists of the previous century as Rosalba Carriera and Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, he employed the medium to particularly dazzling effect in his views from the wings of the Paris Opera. Combining pastel with gouache and experimenting with new methods of stumping and moistening, Degas succeeded in rendering a wide range of textures and luminous effects, from the downy tulle of the ballerina’s tutu and gaslit softness of her skin to the painted flats of scenery.

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