Degas: The Dance Lesson Mug

About the Artist

Though he preferred to be called a realist, Edgar Degas (1834–1917) was one of the founders of impressionism, an organizer of the group's exhibitions, and one of its most important core members. He shared with the impressionists an interest in modern life—in Paris' dance halls and cabarets, its racetracks, its opera and ballet stages. But his work was deliberate and controlled, painted in the studio from sketches, notes, and memory. In racehorses and ballet dancers he found the kind of movement that fascinated him most: not free and spontaneous, but precise and disciplined.

Degas: The Dance Lesson Mug

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Take home a souvenir mug featuring Edgar Degas's The Dance Lesson (1879), from the National Gallery of Art. Degas's best-known works are those inspired by the ballet. For an artist committed to the depiction of modern life, the theater in all of its forms—the ballet, the opera, even the more raucous café-concerts—held a special appeal. What intrigued him the most, however, was not the formal, polished performance, but rather the behind-the-scenes, casual, candid moments of dancers rehearsing or resting.

  • Ceramic
  • 10 ounces
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Hand washing recommended
  • Printed in the USA

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