For Susan Goldman Rubin’s picture book biography Degas
and the Dance: The Painter and the Petits Rats, Perfecting Their Art,
created in partnership with the School of American Ballet and the
American Federation of Arts, readers go backstage at the Paris Opera to
explore the genesis of Edgar Degas’s most recognizable series. More than
30 works are reproduced, including The Dance Class (1874) and Dancers
Practicing at the Barre (1877). Numerous preliminary sketches reveal the
artist’s creative process.