The Dancing Class

The Dancing Class is an oil painting by Edgar Degas. It was painted about 1870. It was the first of Degas's "ballet pictures". The painting depicts a dancing class at the Paris Opéra. The dancer in the center is Joséphine Gaujelin (or Gozelin).

The Dancing Class
ArtistEdgar Degas
Yearabout 1870
Typeoil painting
Dimensions19.7 cm × 27 cm (7.8 in × 11 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

See also


  • The Dancing Class, Metropolitan Museum, retrieved 2013-01-23
  • Impressionism: a centenary exhibition, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on The Dancing Class (p. 94-98)
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