1. Ballet dancers weren’t the only women Degas chose for his subjects. He also depicted women making hats, doing laundry, or taking a bath.
Edgar Degas, The Laundresses, about 1880-82, etching, aquatint, gift of Mrs. E. Bates McKee
2. Degas was a master draftsman who often sketched his subjects before including them in a painting.
Edgar Degas, Four Studies of a Baby’s Head, 1867, charcoal on off-white wove paper, John DeLaittre Memorial Collection, gift of funds from Mrs. Horace Ropes
3. Near the end of his life Degas’s eyesight became extremely poor, and he switched from painting and drawing to making sculpture. But he continued to focus on dancers.
Edgar Degas, Dancer Putting on Her Stocking, 19th century, bronze, gift of the family and friends of Mrs. D. D. Tenney