Spot the Difference – Degas


Can you find the 6 differences between these two paintings? Just click on the image below to make it larger.

This painting is called ‘The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage’ (1874) and is by an artist called Edgar Degas.  Degas carefully planned this painting and made sketches of all the figures in it first.  You can see them here.  You can see more facts about Degas below.

If you are an art teacher and want a solution to this spot the difference.  You can find it here.

Facts about Degas

Edgar Degas was French and born in Paris is 1834 and died in 1917.  His mother was an Opera singer and his father a banker.

Degas learned to paint in a number of ways.  Firstly, by copying famous artworks in The Louvre which is a large gallery in Paris. Then by going to art school and also by travelling in Italy and studying famous artists.

He mainly painted pictures of everyday life and was considered part of a group of painters called the Impressionists, although he didn’t consider that he was an Impressionist.  He considered himself a ‘realist’ as he wanted to capture the real life that was around him.

Degas especially liked drawing and painting entertainers such as ballet dancers.

Many of his artworks are painted using oil paints.  He has also created many artworks using pastels.

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  1. Love this!! I teach 8th grade art. I do daily bell ringers because we have virtual students at home, they have a choice at our school, I have to meet with them for attendance every period!!!!! This is a fun bellringer that I can use while taking attendance on google meets while my inclass students are waiting for instruction!! Thank-you, Katherine Shumaker

  2. I work in a P7 Primary Class. The second lockdown has left us with kids at home without art supplies. I like the make a painting without paint. The kids did excellent pen line drawings last week and it was reviewed as a favourite activity so we are now on the hunt for ideas!!


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