Ballet Dancers (1885). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901). Oil on plaster, transferred to canvas. Art Institute of Chicago.
In Ballet Dancers can be seen many parallels to Manet’s detached barmaid at A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and the behind-the-scenes ballet dancers of Degas. He excelled at capturing people in their working environment, with the color and the movement of the gaudy night-life present, but the glamour stripped away.