Orchestra Musicians, Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas
Orchestra Musicians
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Edgar Degas

Orchestra Musicians, 1872 (1874 – 1876)


Dimensions
63.6 x 49.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 237
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

This was originally a horizontal-format painting: the musicians in the orchestra pit at the centre and, on the stage in the background, the ballet dancers, with only the lower halves of their bodies visible. Degas later trimmed the canvas on both sides and extended it at the top. In the version thus revised, the focus on the musicians has widened to include the stage and its dancers. This work launches the long series of ballet depictions for which Degas is as well known today as he is for his unusual ways of framing his scenes.

Audio & Video

  • 00:50
    Basic information
  • 01:45
    Focus on art history
  • 01:57
    Focus on cultural history
  • Kunst|Stück – Edgar Degas: Die Orchestermusiker
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Edgar Degas: Die Orchestermusiker (1872), Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/die-orchestermusiker#yt

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Orchestra Musicians
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: Degas

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C753 more than one musician with instrument
  • 48C7312 viola, violoncello; double bass
  • 48C8422 female dancer
Secondary
Associative

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Last import

31.01.2019