Edgar Degas: The Four Ballerinas in Blue (c1897)

Ballerine dietro le quinte (c1897), by Edgar Degas, pastel, Museo Puškin, Mosca, Image Source: wikimedia (Italian)
Ballerine dietro le quinte (c1897), by Edgar Degas, pastel, Museo Puškin, Mosca, Image Source: wikimedia (Italian), detail

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I found several different names for this painting on various websites.

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  1. I first came to love Degas in the late eighties when I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to see a Georgia O’Keefe exhibit!
    After the O’keefe exhibit I decided to take a look at the Degas exhibit running at the same time. It’s important to note that up until this time I had always considered Degas to be a ‘chocolate box’ artist (how ignorant could I be!) The exhibit took up 13 galleries showing works from throughout his life……what an eye opener it was. The final two galleries were nothing less than amazing. He was old, almost blind and was painting intuitively – demonstrating the skills of a true master. Since that day I have loved and admired the works of Degas and am always quick to point out to students and others the importance of never judging an artist’s work based on a few images…..Try and see the whole body of work…and read about their lives. Anyway thank you for your posts…Jaent 🙂

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    1. Thirteen galleries – that must have been amazing! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Degas, Janet. 🙂

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      1. You are most welcome and yes 13 galleries were amazing.:)

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  2. My imagination sees the lines of squiggles on some of the ballerinas’ arms as writing.

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    1. Lots of lines and squiggles! His way of mark making fascinates me. 🙂


  3. I can still hear my humanities teacher saying his name: Daye-gah (insert country accent). I didn’t mind a bit. She was classy and showed me beautiful things like Mom, Granny, and Aunt Martha. I felt in love with Degas and Debussy. Right before the trip to D. C.my parents went bankrupt and I didn’t get to go see the museums with my classmates. I was down in the dumps for a long time. They even got to see Les Mis! That’s why I love your posts so much every day…it’s like my own humanities class minus the accent…which I came to adore. Thank you for bringing light into a dark world.

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    1. I would have been sad to miss that trip, too, Susan. Thanks for visiting and sharing your memories. 🙂❤️

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      1. You’re welcome!😊💗🌸

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  4. Olga says:

    Oh, this one is so beautiful. Thank you! Such an inspiring painting. I love its shades of blue.
    I also want to take this opportunity to say good bye to you. I’m not posting or visiting any more from inside my WP account, though I’m keeping the blog public with the contact section enabled. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your posts and will certainly keep enjoying them from outside, as an outside visitor, though I will not be able to give “likes”. I have bookmarked your site on my navigator. Thank you so much. You bring such quality of content to the platform and to the net, with so much sensitivity and fine capacity of selecting works and info. I’m glad I came across your site. Best regards and best wishes! 🙂


  5. Olga says:

    I’ve just sent you a comment but I’m not sure whether it’s gone to your spam folder. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for letting me know, Olga. Found in spam.

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    2. And now your lovely comment will not show up in notifications, even though I have approved from spam. The reply link is also broken on the website under your comment, but at least it is there! I so appreciate your kind words, Olga. I don’t know how to fix these wordpress gremlins and have given up dealing with customer service. Thanks so much for your support – and best wishes to you! ❤️🙂

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  6. Degas does wonders with pastel. Have you tried working with pastel?

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    1. Hi Rosaliene! I have spent the past 6 weeks collecting files and watching pastel lessons. I particularly love the effect of soft pastels and am very excited about actually trying them myself as soon as life permits. 😎

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      1. Wonderful! I look forward to seeing your explorations 🙂

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  7. Delightful colour, form and perspective

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vivienne. 🙂


  8. kingkang911 says:

    I’ve never had such great pleasure of viewing degas in such detail. Thank you for posting.

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