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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 75 A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS

End of an Arabesque

EDGAR DEGAS, 1877

 

What is an arabesque? The word can describe several things in reference to art, but in this case it describes a particularly challenging ballet position that involves balancing on one foot, with the other leg high in the air and arms outstretched. Edgar Degas’s painting captures this move, and although the details of the performance are left to the viewer’s imagination, we know the audience deemed it worthy of a bouquet of flowers.

 

The dynamic composition of this piece is evidence of Degas’s interest in photography. The ballerina is a bit cut off on the ...

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