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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Degas' Ballerinas

Pirouette, Jete, Plie, Releve, Again...

Something to this effect is what Edgar Degas likely heard while making his sketches of the Paris ballerinas. Degas made many, many sketches and paintings of these ballerinas during rehersals, practice, shows, and off hours.

I put together this little video below to help put you into the ballet mood and get a sense of Degas' passion. Later this week I have a review of Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner as well as an interview with the author.

See if you can guess this classical ballet tune that plays behind the images. When finished with the video, highlight between the brackets to see if you are right [Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky].


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  1. Oh YEAH! I've been wondering about that book...can't wait to read your review and the interview Heather!

    I love Degas' paintings!

  2. I got the music right. I will be curiious in the interview if she covers or knows why Degas chose the subject he did to paint.

  3. Congrats on getting the music right LibraryPat!


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