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Foyer de la danse
Staines, Robert, 1805-1849 (Engraver)
Lami, Eugène Louis, 1800-1890 (Artist)
Guérard, Eugène Charles François, 1821-1866 (Artist)
Montaut, H. de (Henri de), approximately 1825-1890 (Artist)
Champagne, Jules (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1859 (Approximate)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Foy 1-4
Elssler, Fanny, 1810-1884
Emarot, Célestine, 1824-1892
Opéra de Paris
Ballet dancers -- France -- 19th century
Title devised by cataloger.
Items 1 and 2 are colored and uncolored versions of an image somewhat modified from Eugène Lami's original watercolor. At left, a bonneted woman adjusting a dancer's costume has replaced a group of men surrounding the ballerina Caroline Forster. The costume and headdress of the dancer in movement, immediately to their right, has been altered and made more elaborate. The number of figures in the central group has been reduced, and now includes only the poet Alfred de Musset (in three-quarter back view), the Comte de Belmont, and the ballerina Fanny Elssler. The right side of the picture has also been altered but retains the figure of Lautour-Mezeray, who leans against a pillar facing the dancer Célestine Emarot. A watering pot, used to moisten the floor to prevent the dancers from slipping, has been added to the right of Elssler.
Item 1: The green-room of the Opera; Foyer des acteurs à l'Opéra; Garderobe-Zimmer des Opernhauses [colored engraving]; London, Fisher, Son & Co.; Paris, H. Mandeville; Eugène Lami [artist]; R. Staines [engraver].
item 2: The green room of the Opera (Paris) [uncolored engraving]; London, published for the proprietor by Longman & Co.; Eugène Lami; R. Staines.
Item 3: Le foyer de l'Opéra, Soirées parisiennes, no. 10, dessiné par H. de Montaut; J. Champagne lith. Colored lithograph centering on two white-clad female dancers with crescent moon ornaments on their heads; one carries a bow, suggesting that she is playing the huntress goddess Artemis or Diana. They are surrounded by three men in evening clothes. A dancer at right practices a dance with castanets. The young woman at left holds a fan before her face as she chats with an admirer; an older woman, possibly her mother, adjusts the back of her costume.
Item 4: Foyer de la danse, à l'Opéra, 1853, E. Guerard [artist]. Trimmed wood-engraving. In the foreground a young woman in peasant costume dances, apparently oblivious to her surroundings although a seated man intently fixes his gaze upon her. Behind her a dancer in long plaits and a plumed headdress converses with three men, and at right another man leans towards a performer in male costume, possibly a woman en travesti. A watering-pot stands at foreground center.
Funding: Green-room of the Opera was purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Foyer de l'Opéra Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.
Acquisition: Green-room of the Opera Purchase; C. Mas, 1989.
Biographical/historical: In her monograph of the same title, dance scholar Martine Kahane has called the Foyer de la danse a phenomenon exclusively linked to the Paris Opéra, and identifies its high point as the years 1820-1880, covering the approximate dates when these prints were made. The meetings that took place there between dancers, singers, and other performers with their male admirers (who were usually affluent and of a higher social class) were replete with secondary meanings that often had little to do with the appreciation of their art. The interactions between dancers and their patrons were treated by Edgar Degas and other artists of the time, often providing a pretext for social commentary or satire.
Biographical/historical: Eugène Lami's original watercolor is reproduced in Guest, Ivor, The Romantic ballet in Paris, London, Pitman, 1966, fig. 3. It includes a key to the persons depicted.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : steel engraving, hand-colored ; 21 x 27 cm., image 11 x 17 cm.
Extent: 1 print : steel engraving, b&w ; 17 x 25 cm., image 11 x 17 cm.
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, color ; 20 x 26 cm.
Extent: 1 print : wood engraving, b&w ; 12 x 23 cm., on mount 21 x 28 cm.
Representations of the Foyer de la danse or green room of the Paris Opéra, a meeting place for performers and their admirers.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825110486
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758831
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ac4840f0-ed3c-0133-f12b-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1805: Creator Born
  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1849: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Foyer de la danse