The Smithsonian put a treasure trove of paintings by Edgar Degas on display recently and so, with masks on, we went and had a look.
The series of paintings that were done as part of his studies on the schools for ballet are incredible masterpieces of detail. Degas maintained a highly organized series of sketchbooks which were on display along with his masterful paintings.
Jules Perrot is immortalized in this paining, The Dance Class. There is a whole way of life that is now remote and lost to us. The way he commands the room is without equal.