Ballet Master is considered Degas first attempt at the monotype medium.
To produce this "dark-field" monotype, the artist covered a fresh metal
plate with printers ink and then removed areas of ink with a rag or tool.
Next, using a rolling press, Degas (with the help of his engraver-friend
Ludovic Lepic) printed the image on a sheet of dampened paper. Degas highlighted
the form of the dancer and much of the line work with either white chalk