Reaching for the ballet shoe (1910). Pierre Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1851-1932). Pastel on canvas.
Carrier-Belleuse studied at the l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, under Alexandre Cabanel and Pierre Victor Galland. The influence of their soft palates and classical style can be seen in this work. He flourished in his depictions of ballerinas, where his favoured medium of pastel allowed him to capture the movement of their dance.