Artists in late 19th-century France produced some of Europe's most celebrated and revolutionary works of art. Among those innovators are Edgar Degas, Jean-Louis Forain, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who captured the renowned dancers of Paris in paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and sculptures, creating potent icons of a unique time, place, and culture. Each sought to portray rapidly changing urban life, concentrating on the human figure in its social context. The dancer proved to be a fruitful subject for their investigations of modernity.
Degas focused on the artifice of the performance and the harsh daily life of the dancer. Drawing on his background as a newspaper illustrator, Forain's vignettes focus on backstage flirtations between social unequals, especially their exploitative aspects. By contrast, Lautrec's paintings, prints, and posters of celebrity dancers reveal his uncritical acceptance of the sexual commerce that was part of the popular entertainment scene of Montmartre.
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About the Author
Annette Dixon is curator of prints and drawings at the Portland Art Museum, Other contributors include Mary Weaver Chapin, Jill DeVonyar, Richard Kendall, and Florence Valdès-Forain.
Table of Contents
Director's Acknowledgments / Brian J. Ferriso
Curator's Acknowledgements / Annette Dixon
Investigations of Modernity: The Dancer in the Work of Degas, Forain, and Toulouse-Lautrec / Annette Dixon
In the Wings: Space and Narrative in Degas, Forain, and Toulouse-Lautrec / Richard Kendall
Forain at the Opera: Fascinated Observer / Florence Valdes-Forain
The Dancers of Toulouse-Lautrec: Public Lives and Private Performances / Mary Weaver Chapin
Re-Presenting the Dance: Degas's Inheritance and Legacy / Jill DeVonyar
Time Line / Marnie P. Stark
Checklist of the ExhibitionSelected BibliographyNotes on the ContributorsLenders to the Exhibition