Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

At the weekend I attended a Lolita meet-up to see an exhibition of Degas' ballet paintings. I had such a lovely time! It was wonderful to meet some Lolitas who I hadn't met before, and well as friends I hadn't seen for a while. It's been some time since I went to a meet-up; I particularly miss the chance to see and admire others' outfits!

I made my coordinate a little dancer-like with pale tights and shoes and my hair in a bun.

Skirt- Fairy wish
Knit- Vintage
Everything else- Offbrand

Ballet is generally rather popular with Lolitas, and I'm no exception! I started to take lessons when I was four, but I stopped when I went to university. I do hope to take it up again. When it comes to exercise, I'm really not enthusiastic, but I love to dance! 


The exhibiton covered some very interesting aspects of Degas' work that I hadn't considered before. Previously I liked the pretty and charming dancers who look so dainty in their wide sashes, and the way he captured the atmosphere of the perfomance. Looking at a painting of dancers waiting in the wings, you can feel the anticipation and excitement. However, observing the work on display, one can see the artist's development from these pretty sort of scenes to more dynamism and movement (as the title sugests!) It was quite fascinating to see how advances in photographic technology helped Degas to develop his technique. There were even examples of Degas' own photography! A series of three that he took of a dancer were particularly beautiful. 

I really recommend this exhibiton! You can find more information at the Royal Academy website HERE.

Thank you for reading and see you next time!



  1. I just love ALL your coordinates! always so elegant and pretty <3 You are one of my inspirations *^*

  2. I love Degas!! I tried ballet when I was in elementary school and I really wanted to became a dancer (mostly for the tutu XD). I don't really know how I ended up doing 12 years of martial arts XD
    I totally agree with Liz, you are always elegant and pretty and I love all your coordinates *_*
    Here I like how you try to dress to match the exposition. I adore themed outfits. I make them often but usually no one understands it -.-

  3. you look lovely!Dega's paintings are cool! You are lucky to have the chance to see this exhibition :)

  4. Wow you look really tall here! I admire your ability to dress really simple and still look so pretty, i can't do that XD

  5. You are extremely beautifull and I love your style <3 Thak you for follwing me :>

  6. Liz♥Yoruli~ Wow, thank you, I always feel really honoured when someone says I inspire them!

    Piperita Patty~ Martial arts are cool! I'm so impressed :D Thank you for your comment.

    Mademoiselle Ana~ Thank you! Yes, I feel really lucky. I hope I can catch the Da Vinci exhibition that's on in London too!

    redtonic~ You can. because you are super pretty! The Fairy wish skirt is a tad short on me, I think that makes me look even taller XD

    Pitsiperhonen~ Your blog is so lovely, I had to follow it <3 Thanks for your comment!


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