The Royal Academy of Arts is currently exhibiting ‘Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement’. Edgar Degas was a French artist who was known as the ‘Painter of Dancers’ in his lifetime in the 19th century.

The exhibition explores the artist’s relation to movement and the world of ballet.

It is an overview of his paintings of ballet in his early days until the final years of his career when he experimented more with novel technology, such as capturing movements on film and showing them in slow motion.

A centerpiece of the exhibition is his famous Little Dancer of Fourteen Years sculpture.

The detailed delicacy of Two Dancers on Stage from 1874 transports you into a world of filigree and beauty.

At the end of the exhibition gallery, a film is shown of Degas captured on film in 1915, a novelty of the new century. The director Sacha Guitry filmed him walking near his home at the Boulevard Clichy in Montmartre.


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17 September – 11 December 2011


Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London W1J 0BD