Painters Paintings Edgar Degas (1834–1917): The Rehearsal Onstage (detail), ca. 1874, Pastel over b…
Painters Work Edgar Degas (1834–1917): The Rehearsal Onstage (element), ca. 1874, Pastel over brush-and-ink drawing on skinny cream-colored wove paper, laid down on bristol board and mounted on canvas, 53.three x 72.four cm (21 x 28 1/2 in.), Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, New York . . . .
This very uncommon mixed-media image, executed over an ink drawing on paper, an uncommon follow for Degas, exhibits a rehearsal for a ballet. The view is from a barely elevated level above the orchestra pit, radically cropped on the backside of the canvas. At left dancers wait within the wings, whereas different dancers rehearse at middle stage. The ballet grasp in a black go well with at midground leads the movement on stage along with his fingers, like a conductor. Two male abonnés (season subscribers) sit on the far proper of the stage.
Male subscribers to the opera in Paris had a protracted historical past of in search of out companionship from the younger dancers of the ballet corps. They have been typically given entry to observe rehearsals from the wings and to attend backstage at performances for the dancers to complete in order that they could escort the ladies afterward. For the impressionable and infrequently poor ballerinas, such males might be seen as their “sugar daddies.” (Metropolitan Museum of Artwork)