Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
pastel on tracing paper mounted to cardboard
Sheet - h:57.50 w:65.40 cm (h:22 5/8 w:25 11/16 inches)
Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
Two of Degas's most preferred subjects were ballet dancers and horse races. Both enabled the artist to investigate the phenomenon of movement. In this work, he placed four racehorses and their jockeys in a bold formation that creates a strong sense of depth.