L’Etoile aka La danseuse sur la scene (The Star aka Dancer on Stage), 1878. Edgar Degas (French, Realism, Impressionism, 1834-1917). Pastel on paper. Museum d’Orsay, Paris.
Degas selected an elevated point of view for this painting. The dancer’s skirt seems to vanish under the stage lights, which cast pale violet shadows on the smooth, powdered skin of her bare arms and chest. Degas followed the rapid movement of the dancer across the stage with swift and sure calligraphic strokes.