Mood for Autumn/Winter:
The master class
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.
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.