Details: This poster is of a detail from Ecole de Danse (School of Dance), by Edgar Degas. It shows a group of dancers in the middle of the room dancing together. In the back and on the sides of the room other dancers watch, stretch, or prepare for class. There are a few dancers descending the stairs on the left.
Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 - 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas, was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A superb draughtsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half his works depict dancers. In many paintings dancers were shown backstage or in rehearsal, emphasizing their status as professionals doing a job. These display his mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are considered to be among the finest in the history of art.