Edgar Degas 'The Green Dress'
Edgar Degas 'Two Dancers'
Edgar Degas 'Dancers in Pink'
Jean Louis Forain 'Le foyer le l'opera'
My favourite Forain painting 'The Tightrope Walker'
I'm finishing this week on a very pretty note featuring some of my favourite paintings from French impressionists Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917) and Jean Louis Forain (1852 - 1931). Both artists featured dancers regularly in their painting. Degas was known for depicting dancers in a flattering, delicate light whereas Forain's paintings had a darker more sinister edge, sometimes depicting the dancers as vulnerable to predatory wealthy men. I love both artists but the winner for me is Degas for his gorgeous use of colour.