Initially influenced by Ingres, Degas was subsequently attracted by the world of theatre and dance which, along with horse races, became his favourite subjects.
Degas was friends with Manet, Monet and Renoir, and took part in the first exhibition of the Impressionists in 1874 with ten paintings, including two on dancers.
He managed to combine Impressionism and classical stringency. In the dancers’ series, this pastel drawing on Montgolfier vellum paper is of particular interest to those who appreciate beautiful papers.
Excerpt from Marie-Hélène Reynaud's book "d’art et de papier"