Illuminated by gas footlights in the midst of a performance, a dancer “makes points,” or draws forms with her pointed foot.
Edgar Degas, Dancer Making Points, 1879–1880, pastel and gouache on paper mounted on board, 19 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (48.9 x 36.8 cm), Gift of Marion and Henry Bloch, 2008.53

Edgar Degas, Dancer Making Points, 1879-1880

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doi: 10.37764/78973.5.616

ArtistEdgar Degas, French, 1834–1917
TitleDancer Making Points
Object Date1879–1880
Alternate and Variant TitlesDanseuse faisant des pointes; Le Commencement des ‘Pirouettes sur la Pointe en Dedans’
MediumPastel and gouache on paper mounted on board
Dimensions (Unframed)19 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (48.9 x 36.8 cm)
SignatureSigned lower left: Degas
Credit LineThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch, 2008.53

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