Edgar Degas. Dance Class. c.1876. Oil on canvas
I chose this piece of art because it allows the viewer to be able to see the people in the painting at a specific moment of time. It seems as though the ballerinas didn’t have time to pose or weren’t paying attention to someone actually painting them. It catches a random moment of time that is unexpected. This is done intentionally, because usually Impressionists painted with more freedom and recorded everyday life. Instead of the painter, painting the ballerinas in their show, which is more expected, Degas captured them backstage with their regular routine of practice.