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Degas at the Opera

Edgar Degas, Portrait of Eugénie Fiocre a propos of the Ballet “La Source,” 1867–1868, oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of James H. Post, A. Augustus Healy, and John T. Underwood, 1921, 21.111. Photo: Brooklyn Museum

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Edgar Degas, The Ballet from "Robert Le Diable," 1871–1872, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929, 29.100.552. Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Edgar Degas, The Song Rehearsal, c. 1872, oil on canvas, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, House Collection, Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, 1940. Photo © Dumbarton Oaks, Washington

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Edgar Degas, The Orchestra of the Opéra, 1870, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

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Edgar Degas, The Dance Class, c. 1873, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (William A. Clark Collection), 2014.79.710

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Edgar Degas, The Dance Class, begun 1873, completed 1875–1876, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Bequest of Isaac de Camondo, 1911. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

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Edgar Degas, Vicomte Ludovic Lepic, The Ballet Master, c. 1876, monotype (black ink) heightened and corrected with white chalk or wash on laid paper, Rosenwald Collection, 1964.8.1782

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Edgar Degas, The Ballet Rehearsal on Stage, 1874, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Bequest of Isaac de Camondo, 1911. Photo © Musée d'Orsay), Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Patrice Schmidt

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Edgar Degas, Dancer with a Bouquet Curtseying on Stage, 1878, pastel on wove paper mounted on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Bequest of Isaac de Camondo, 1911. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski

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Edgar Degas, The Curtain, c. 1880, pastel over charcoal and monotype on laid paper mounted on board, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2006.128.16

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Edgar Degas, Study of a Theater Box, 1880, pastel and oil on board laid down on canvas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Lewis Collection, 377-2014. Photo © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Albert Sanchez, photographer

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Edgar Degas, The Dance Lesson, c. 1879, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1995.47.6

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Edgar Degas, Dancers, 1879, gouache, oil pastel, and oil paint on silk, Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hilding Lindberg, 1983.1.8. Photo: Duncan Price

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Edgar Degas, Three Nude Dancers Executing Arabesques, c. 1892–1895, charcoal on paper mounted on board, Bueil & Ract‑Madoux Collection, Paris. Photo: Jean-Louis Losi, Paris

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Edgar Degas, Pauline and Virginie Conversing with Admirers, c. 1876–1877, monotype (black ink) on India paper, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, 1965. Photo: © President and Fellows of Harvard College

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Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-1881, pigmented beeswax, clay, metal armature, rope, paintbrushes, human hair, silk and linen ribbon, cotton faille bodice, cotton and silk tutu, linen slippers, on wooden base, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1999.80.28

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Edgar Degas, Dance Examination, 1880, pastel on paper, Lent by the Denver Art Museum, 1941.6. Photo: akg-images

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