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Foyer des acteurs à l'Opéra

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Foyer des acteurs à l'Opéra
Additional title: Foyer de la danse
Staines, Robert, 1805-1849 (Engraver)
Lami, Eugène Louis, 1800-1890 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1845
Place: Paris
Publisher: M. Soulié
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Sta R Foy 1
Elssler, Fanny, 1810-1884
Emarot, Célestine, 1824-1892
Opéra de Paris
Ballet dancers -- France -- 19th century
Statement of responsibility: Eugène Lami [artist] ; R. Staines [engraver].
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; C. Mas, Paris, 1995.
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 date when this print was made. The meetings that took place there between dancers, singers, and other performers with their male admirers (who were usually of a higher 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.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : steel engraving, hand-colored ; 16 x 26 cm., image 11 x 17 cm.
Representation of the Foyer de la danse or green room at the Paris Opéra, a meeting place for performers and their admirers, engraved by Robert Staines after a watercolor painting by Eugène Lami. The print has been somewhat modified from Lami's original painting. The 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 and prevent the dancers from slipping, has been added to the right of Elssler.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 780304453
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19561826
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 71ed1c90-07c4-0133-0244-58d385a7b928
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1805: Creator Born
  • 1845: Issued
  • 1849: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Foyer des acteurs à l'Opéra" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1845. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/8e0671f0-07c6-0133-5ebb-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Foyer des acteurs à l'Opéra" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/8e0671f0-07c6-0133-5ebb-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1845). Foyer des acteurs à l'Opéra Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/8e0671f0-07c6-0133-5ebb-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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Foyer des acteurs à l'Opéra