Edgar Degas (French, 1834 - 1917)
Four Dancers, c. 1899
Oil on canvas
151.1 x 180.2 cm
Chester Dale Collection
While Degas suppressed descriptive detail elsewhere in the painting, emphatic dark lines shape the heads and arms, underlining the artist’s formal concerns. Theatrical lighting over the off-stage performers recolors the figures and creates a simple color scheme of complementary red-orange and green hues.