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Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Study of Two Dancers, charcoal and chalk on paper, anonymous gift, 1979.4

Studies and Preparatory Drawings

Drawing often serves as a way for artists to work through their thoughts on a given subject or to capture a first impression. Disparate elements, in varying states of finish, often share a single sheet of paper. Such drawings show an unmediated look at an artist’s working process by providing a translation of ideas onto paper.