Setting the Scene

Dancers in the Wings by Edgar Degas, c. 1878, Norton Simon Foundation, Pasadena, CA.

Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper by Edgar Degas, 1873, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Charcoal sketch which Degas used in a painting which is why he has added the grid lines to the drawing. He is well known for his superior ability to draw and to fade into the background so that he could capture a scene without influencing what was happening.