The Dance Class (Degas, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
|The Dance Class|
|Type||Oil paint on canvas|
|Dimensions||83.5 by 77.2 centimetres (32.9 in × 30.4 in)|
|Location||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City|
The painting and its companion work in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris are amongst the most ambitious works by Degas on the theme of ballet. The imaginary scene depicts a dance class being held under the supervision of Jules Perrot, a famous ballet master, in the old Paris Opera, which had actually burnt down the previous year. The poster on the wall for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell is a tribute to the operatic singer Jean-Baptiste Faure, who had commissioned the work.
The painting is on view in the Metropolitan Museum's Gallery 815.
- Alastair Macaulay (September 2, 2008). "Degas's Ballet Students Teach the Lessons of Their Art". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "The Collection Online - The Dance Class - Edgar Degas". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- Impressionism : a centenary exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 12, 1974-February 10, 1975, fully digitized text from The Metropolitan Museum of Art libraries