The Dancing Class

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1873-1876, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Here ends the lesson: Students are exhausted, they stretch, contort to scratch their backs, adjust their hair or their dress, an earring, a ribbon, pay little attention to the inflexible teacher, portrait of Jules Perrot, authentic ballet master. The view in light diving, based on the diagonal of the room accentuates the vanishing perspective of the floorboards. Paul Valéry wrote: "Degas is one of the few painters who have given their importance to the floor. He has admirable floors.."

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