The Rehearsal is one of the three unique pieces from the Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse collection, that was inspired by the work of French painter Edgar Degas.
Through its palette of shades ranging from brown to black, the technique also echoes the art of photography that so deeply fascinated Edgar Degas.
The master enamel artist drew inspiration from the painting “Ballet Rehearsal” an 1873 oil on canvas exhibited at the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, United States).
The finesse of Grand Feu grisaille enamel painting reveals the slightest details of the protagonists: the tiniest fold of the tutus, the lace adorning their décolleté, the smooth velvet of the ribbons encircling their neck, the petals of the flowers in their hair, the transparency of tulle and muslin… The dancers glide across a wooden parquet that reflects the light and reveals their shadows.
Source:Worldtempus Via Vacheron Constantin