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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 12:46 PM

7. I believe one source referenced the Dreyfus Affair, which evidently is when Degas was

painting. I didn't wade into it so I stopped doing the essay for a bit.

I had also been shocked at another discovery: if you go to his paintings of ballet dancers you sometimes see well dressed, fat older men present in the rehearsal room and in the wings of the stage watching. These men of means were called abonees, or subscribers, which allowed them to watch the dancers. Some of these dancers were as young as 13. It's pretty shocking when you realize why the men are there. We do know that these girls were from poorer families and their dancing provided an economic lifeline for their families.

Since the artist incorporated these men in the scenes he painted, I do have to mention them. I did not know this beforehand...

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