Paintings by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

By: Debra N. Mancoff

The Star (L'Etoile) by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas's is a pastel on paper (23-5/8 x 17-3/8 inches) that is housed in Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas'sis a pastel on paper (23-5/8 x 17-3/8 inches)that is housed in Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

The Star (L'Étoile,1878) is probably one of Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas's most famous works. Degas selected an elevated point of view for this painting. The dancer's skirt seems to vanish under the stage lights, which cast pale violet shadows on the smooth, powdered skin of her bare arms and chest. Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas followed the rapid movement of the dancer across the stage with swift and sure calligraphic strokes.

The next Impressionist painting also superbly captures an artist at work, Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando.


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