This picture is written in the genre of impressionism and is one of the most famous works of Edgar Degas, who was interested in the image of “ballet stories.” It is characterized by an unusual composition and a complex internal system of images.
The artist captured the moment of preparing the ballerinas for their performance. Due to the suddenness of the moment and the ease of the girls’ poses, the picture looks very dynamic. The proximity of the figures of ballerinas to each other creates a sense of conversation. Through gestures, Edgar Degas managed to convey the beauty and grace of the dancers. The desire of the artist to depict not ballet prim, bowed before the audience, but ordinary dancers awaiting their performance, makes Degas unlike any other impressionist.
The experiment of the artist affects the composition of the picture. The ballerinas in pink are located in the right part of the work, while the modern Degas artists portrayed their heroes in the center. The picture is read from right to left. This technique is not typical of the traditional approach to art. The viewer will be interested in where the views of the four dancers are directed, and with them he will look in the lower left corner. After that, he will notice the dancers in green. Thus, when considering a picture, the viewer must make a circle with his eyes clockwise.
Pink becomes the dominant color of the picture. Drowning the girls in it makes them look like a bunch of flowers. But there is this color and a special subtext.
To make it look bright, the artist deliberately darkens the skin tone of the dancers and places them in the twilight setting. This contrast is necessary for the artist to emphasize the pallor of the skin of the artists. At the time of Degas, there was a social gulf between the rich public and ballet dancers. Most often, the position of artists was disastrous. The artist wanted to show what lies behind the bravado of the performance and how unnatural the pallor of the ballerinas defiantly bright tones of the packs does not correspond.