Dancers in the Green Room

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I went to the Detroit Institute of Arts on Sunday, November 15, 2009. I had previously been to the DIA several times before to spend my leisure time glancing at the artwork there. I would meander down the hallways and corridors, almost as if I were window shopping. I would briskly walk past the exhibits that were dull and uninteresting to me such as the Early American and African American galleries. I momentarily pause in the Medieval section to admire the shiny amour and intricate designs on the swords. For this assignment, I told my self this time was going to be different. This time I would see more that just paintings and sculptures. I would look for form and technique. I would try to see the mood that the art was conveying. So began my great journey.

A painting that I did enjoy was The Last Supper by Jean-Baptiste de Cham-paigne. It was intriguing to find that the artist had a strong ancient Roman influence in his rendition of the event. Another painting I also enjoyed how dramatic Peter Paul Reubens made The Meeting of David and Abigail. I could really see the difference be-tween David’s aggressive army meeting with Abigail and her humble servants for the first time.

The painting that I choose for my paper is Dancers in the Green Room by Edgar Degas. The artwork is in the European painting gallery. It was painted in 1879 with oil on canvas. It is a painting from the Impressionist Era hung on the wall.

The scene is of many ballerinas and a cello apparently backstage before a per-formance. At first glance, the painting seems very dull and fuzzy. The colors in the art-work are mostly pastel with a few dark hues. After studying the artwork for sometime, I could feel the back story.

The ballerinas are the focus of the painting, but they are unaware. Their backs are turned because they have no need to acknowledge the artist. They are so involved in warming up for their performance, Degas seems to not even exist in their realm. He...
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