Edgar Degas's dynamic paintings of nineteenth-century Parisian life resulted from his rigorous studio practice. Often for each finished canvas, he produced many preparatory sketches, both from direct observation and in the studio. Yet his final compositions appear fluid, as if they were made more spontaneously.
Narrated by curators Christine Giviskos and Lee Hendrix, this video explores how Degas's studies of a famous circus performer exemplify his creative approach. The Getty's Miss Lala at the Fernando Circus (1879) is one of at least five preparatory drawings made for a painting of the same name.