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Fan: Dancers on the Stage, 1879

Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917
Pastel with ink and wash on paper
comp: 13-7/8 x 24-1/4 in. (35.2 x 61.6 cm); mount: 15-7/8 x 25-1/4 in. (40.3 x 64.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1978.27.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Clearly influenced by Japanese art and fashion, the fan motif was adopted by many of the Impressionist painters. Degas' oeuvre includes twenty-five fans; many were completed in anticipation of the 1879 Indépendents exhibition, which had a room dedicated solely to fans. Ultimately, Degas had five fans in the exhibition.

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