For Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando (1879), Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas prepared at least four studies of the famed aerialist La La performing her trademark stunt: hanging by her teeth at the end of a rope. His finished painting captures the breathless excitement of the moment, when the crowd looks up to see her dangling high above their heads. The critic Armand Silvestre commended Degas's firm and accurate drawing.
Sketching and catching the moment was also an important component of Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas's famed Impressionist ballet paintings. Examen de Danse (Dance Examination) on the next page is a great example.