Les Danseuses Bleues (Dancers in Blue)

Russell Cooper's avatar Russell Cooper

Les Danseuses Bleues (Dancers in Blue) is a photographic recreation of Edgar Degas’ 1890 painting of the same name. Degas is known for his paintings of ballet dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet in the late 19th century, specifically of their behind the scenes and off stage movements. It was at this time Degas’ eyesight was also rapidly declining. My daughter is the model for all the dancers in this piece. She is a third-year student in the Young Dancer Program at the Grand Rapids Ballet. It was a challenge and beautiful way to capture her movements. The dancers, background, and curtain were all photographed, and then layered and processed to closely mimic the Degas. The costumes were created by my wife Amy. Her artistic consultation was invaluable. It’s a thrill to be part of ArtPrize for the 5th year. Many thanks to the Ford Museum.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: photography
  • Width: 36 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 36 inches