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Edgar Degas 1834–1917, The Dance Class, 1874.
A beautiful result when printed onto silk, this work and its variant in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, represent the most ambitious paintings Degas devoted to the theme of dance. Twenty-four women, ballerinas and their mothers, are shown waiting while a dancer executes an "attitude" for her examination. A famous ballet master, Jules Perrot, is conducting the class. Although it had recently burned to the ground, the scene is set in a rehearsal room in the old Paris Opéra.
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Edgar Degas (19th July 1834 – 27th September 1917) was a French artist that was famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is particularly known for his work with the subject of dance and more than half of his works depict dancers. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected that term and preferred to be called a realist. He was particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his rendition of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.
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Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our silk linings are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
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