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Many of the most important 19th-Century French Impressionists portrayed Parisian ballet dancers in their art. The most notable Impressionist master whose art included dancers was Edgar Degas. Jean-Louis Forain was another Impressionist who based works on ballet dancers. (In fact it was Forain's friend Degas who introduced him to the Parisian ballet scene.)

J D Smith Fine Art is currently offering four works on this classic theme of French Impressionism. An original etching by Degas titled, Dancers in the Wings, shows dancers staged behind scenery, poised to make their appearance on stage at the right moment. Another original etching, this one by Forain and titled Dancers in Their Dressing Room, shows dancers putting their costumes on in preparation for a performance.

Two original watercolor paintings by Forain also show dancers at the ballet. The first is titled Young Dancer, which shows a young dancer leaning against the wall a the corner, likely a rehearsal room. The second watercolor is titled Dancer and Her Dresser. It shows a dancer in the foreground in the final stages of preparing for a performance, with an older woman helping her in the background. See these wonderful works now at: http://www.jdsmithfineart.com/ballet_dancers_french_impressionism.

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