Mood for Autumn/Winter:

The master class

 
 
Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
The Ballet Class
Between 1871 and 1874
Oil on canvas
— Musée d'Orsay
 

Inspiration

Entering autumn we find ourselves assembled again in the classroom - hanging out with old friends and meeting new friends.  Our window inspiration in autumn draws from the masterpiece of Edgar Degas The Ballet Class. Degas closely observed the most spontaneous, natural, ordinary gestures, the pauses when concentration is relaxed and the body slumps after the exhausting effort of practising and the implacable rigour of the class.

Our AW16 window is inspired by Degas'  The Ballet Class . 

Our AW16 window is inspired by Degas' The Ballet Class

 

Details

Here the class is coming to an end – the pupils are exhausted, they are stretching, twisting to scratch their backs, adjusting their hair or clothes, an earring, or a ribbon, paying little heed to the inflexible teacher, a portrait of Jules Perrot, a real-life ballet master.