Degas: The Dance Lesson, 16" Matted Print, Black Frame

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's 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, 16" Matted Print, Black Frame

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Specially produced using the highest quality digital imaging, this print of Edgar Degas's The Dance Lesson (1879) is matted and framed in black wood.


Degas's best-known works are those inspired by the ballet, depicting behind-the-scenes, casual, candid moments of dancers rehearsing or resting. The Dance Lesson (1879) is the first ballet scene in a distinctive group of some 40 pictures, all executed in an unusual horizontal format. This format, which has been likened to a frieze, has a decidedly decorative quality. Degas's fascination with the unexpected views and flattened forms of Japanese prints is also apparent: figures are sharply cropped and placed off center while the floor, which dominates the scene, seems tipped upward, an illusion that is accentuated by the elongated format.

  • 16 x 6.875 inches (print), 25.125 x 16 inches (framed)
  • Acid-free and lignin-free 230gsm coated fine art paper; bright white base and smooth matte finish
  • Archival-quality inks
  • 3-inch double mat made from 4-ply buffered matboard in a natural white color
  • Top-of-the-line acrylic glazing
  • Frame: Providence black
  • Ready to hang
  • More size and finish options available at NGA Custom Prints

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