Degas, Painter of Ballerinas
Degas, Painter of Ballerinas

Through Edgar Degas’s beloved paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Susan Goldman Rubin conveys the wonder and excitement of the ballet world. Degas is one of the most celebrated painters of the impressionist movement, and his ballerina paintings are among the most favorite of his fans. In his artwork, Degas captures every moment, from the relentless hours of practice to the glamour of appearing on stage, revealing a dancer’s journey from novice to prima ballerina. Observing young students, Degas drew their poses again and again, determined to achieve perfection. The book includes a brief biography of his entire life, endnotes, bibliography, where to see his paintings, and an index. 

Book Details


  • Biography
  • Educational
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Degas - Painter of Ballerinas by Susan Goldman Rubin shares the story of Degas's life and work through photos of his paintings, descriptions and direct quotes from Degas himself.  Degas strayed from the expectations of his family. Instead of taking the path to become a lawyer to please his father, he embraced the challenges of a career as an artist. He was infatuated by the world of dance and spent the greater part of his life around dancers. His connection with the dancers centered around the respect that he had for artists in general.

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