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Dancers in the Rotunda at the Paris Opera, 1895

Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917
Oil on canvas
34-7/8 x 37-3/4 in. (88.6 x 95.9 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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This dazzling painting gives very clear evidence of Degas' working methods. The artist has reworked the legs and arms of the dancers on the left, but rather than paint over the extra legs and arms, he has reinforced his later additions with black and brown outlines. In addition, the thumbprints left in the paint surface on the foreground figure indicate the extent to which he used his hands to fashion the medium.

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