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The Dance Class

  Buy now from barewalls.com1881: Philadelphia Museum of Art

This canvas was commissioned by Mary Cassatt for her brother Alexander. An X-ray analysis of this work shows that Degas made frequent changes to position of the dancers. Once satisfied, however, that these were correct, the artist painted several variations on the theme.
 
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