Illustrious Seduction

Witnessing the end of a prosperous century and in the early days of Realism, Edgar Degas, the renowned person of arts, stands out as the most nonconformist artist among the impressionists. Having no illusions about the “bonne société”, modern and determined, he chooses to depict a classical analysis of the modern life instead of diaphanous landscape drawings of his contemporaries. He turns naturally towards the world of entertainment, particularly to ballet, a strong discipline exploring the poetry of movement on delicate bodies which will inspire his most beautiful paintings.