Degas depicted the ballet in more than a thousand paintings, prints, pastels, and sculptures. Glamorous curtain-calls and artfully contrived arrangements were rejected in favor of private off-stage moments in which his dancers practiced, stretched, or sulked, unaware of the viewer's presence. Here, three dancers crowd together in the wings, waiting to go on stage. Layers of pastel vibrate with warm tones of yellow, orange, and pink, creating a rough surface typical of the artist's late pastels in which he completely resisted the emulation of smooth, porcelain skin.
Cleveland Art Loan Exposition, Kinney & Levan Bldg., 1913, no. 45C
CMA 20th Anniversary Exhibition, 1936, no. 269.
CMA: Works of Edgar Degas, 1949, cat. no. 49, pl. XLII
The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/27/00 - 10/17/00); NY, NY: The Pierpont Morgan Library (5/24/01- 8/19/01); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (10/14/01 - 1/6/02); "Master Drawings from The Cleveland Museum of Art"
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; February 15 - May 16, 2004. "Time Stands Still: Muybridge and the Instantaneous Photography Movement". Not in exh. cat.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; February 20 - May 29, 2005. "Masterworks from The Phillips Collection". Not in exh. cat.
CMA (organizer). Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/14/2012 - 01/20/2013); "Mary Cassatt"
The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/04/2012 - 01/20/2013); "Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in Nineteeth-Century Paris"