Edgar Degas: Ballet Rehearsal on the Stage 1874


  • Grey tone
  • Informal tone, a rehearsal
  • Human events, a ballerina scratches, seated
  • A disclosure of framing, a man watches, seated 
  • A newer production, photographic quality, newer opportunities, lines of informal-formal spaces opening up, interacting in a way that gives appropriate resource and time. 
  • Viewers can see more, experience more
  • Creative play, humanizing tone, emphasized vs embodied allure, cosmetic tone, characters on display
  • Observer straddles rather than sits, again, of informal tone
  • informality of behavior emphasized, among the formality of dress. 
  • Theater lacks color, as if the actors reside on an old stage, maybe not theirs?