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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Edgar Degas

The Ballet from "Robert le Diable ", 1887
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City

This scene is from the third act of Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Robert le Diable."  The ghosts of dead nuns have been resurrected and greet one another amid the ruins of a moonlit monaster.  Although dated 1872, this canvas was painted in 1871.  In 1876 Degas executed a larger version (Victoria and Albert Museum, London) expressly for Jean-Baptiste Faure, who starred in the opera.

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