Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas was a French artist, sculpture and printmaker. Degas is well-known for being one of the founders of the Impressionist art movement. This oil-on-canvas piece called ‘The Rehearsal’ by Degas is influenced by technology. Degas painted this around the same time that photography was invented. It is clear that Degas was inspired by this as he interprets parts of figures, the dancer on the right side, the feet walking down the staircase and the feet behind the staircase. The was revolutionary in painting as before it was conventional to centre any figure that is being painted and include fully their whole body. I feel Degas was successful in this piece as the use of half figures creates a sense of reality.

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