The Ballet Scene from Meyerbeer's Opera `Robert Le Diable'
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Oil on canvas
76.6 x 81.3 cm
Museum no. CAI.19
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Meyerbeer’s opera was first performed in Paris in 1831. This scene features the ghosts of nuns who had offended heaven with their impure thoughts. The foreground figures include Degas’ friends: the collector Albert Hecht, the bassoonist Désiré Diahu and the amateur painter Vicomte Lepic.