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Edgar Degas 1834–1917, The Dance Class, 1874.
A beautiful result when printed onto silk, The Dance Class by Edgar Degas is the centrepiece for this scarf. 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. Althought it had recently burned to the ground, the scene is set in a rehearsal room in the old Paris Opéra. On the wall beside the mirror, a poster for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell pays tribute to the singer Jean-Baptiste Faure, who commissioned the picture and lent it to the 1876 Impressionist exhibition.
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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.
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 scarves 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.
Located in New York City, and colloquially known as 'the Met', the museum was founded in 1870 for the purposes of opening a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It is the largest art museum in the United States and, with over 7 million visitors in 2016, was the second most visited art museum in the world, and the fifth most visited museum of any kind.
The permanent collection contains over two million works which is divided among seventeen curatorial departments. This consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, Indian, and Islamic art. It is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. There are also several notable interiors installed in the galleries, ranging from first-century Rome through to modern American design.
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