The Ballet Class (Degas, Musée d'Orsay)

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The Ballet Class
Degas painting Perrot.jpg
Artist Edgar Degas
Year between 1871 and 1874
Type Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions 85 by 75 centimetres (33 in × 30 in)
Location Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The Ballet Class (French: La Classe de danse) is a painting by Edgar Degas, which was painted between 1871 and 1874.[1] It is in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France,[2] it was commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Faure.[3] Degas temporarily abandoned work on this painting, and delivered a work of a similar name to Faure.[3]

The painting depicts dancers at the end of a lesson under ballet master Jules Perrot.[1] Perrot and Degas were friends, and Degas painted the Dance class in the Paris Operah house a year after it burnt down.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Musée d'Orsay - La Classe de danse (The Ballet Class)". Musée d'Orsay. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Encyclopédie Larousse en ligne - la Classe de danse". Encyclopédie Larousse en ligne (in French). Éditions Larousse. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Dance Class". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 10 January 2015.