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Portrait of Mlle Fiocre in the Ballet "La Source" (Portrait de Mlle...E[ugénie] F[iocre]: à propos du ballet "La Source")

Edgar Degas

European Art

In this canvas painted for the 1868 Salon, Degas combined, for the first time in his work, the narrative content, large scale, and complexity of history painting with the representation of modern life—in this instance, the ballet. Degas depicts the famous ballerina Eugénie Fiocre, at center in pale blue, in La Source, an elaborate production, with exotic costumes and sets, that also included bodies of water onstage and live horses. Painting the dancers at a pause in their rehearsal—note the cast-off ballet slippers—Degas captures them at a transitional moment between the imagined place and time of the ballet and the private reveries of the present.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1867-1868
    DIMENSIONS 51 1/2 x 57 1/8 in., 166 lb. (130.8 x 145.1 cm, 75.3kg) frame: 63 x 69 x 6 1/4 in. (160 x 175.3 x 15.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of James H. Post, A. Augustus Healy, and John T. Underwood
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    CAPTION Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Portrait of Mlle Fiocre in the Ballet "La Source" (Portrait de Mlle...E[ugénie] F[iocre]: à propos du ballet "La Source"), ca. 1867-1868. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 57 1/8 in., 166 lb. (130.8 x 145.1 cm, 75.3kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of James H. Post, A. Augustus Healy, and John T. Underwood, 21.111
    IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.21.111_1978_xrs_detail2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1978
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