Another work of art by Edgar Degas is being added to the many in Washington, and it's a beauty. "The Dance Rehearsal" (1880) is being given to the Phillips Collection by an anonymous donor, and it's already on view there, in the parlor. It's good that Degas is a French artist one cannot get enough of, for Washington already had what may be the best Edgar Degas collection in America, and now it's stronger. Characteristically accurate and exquisite, the tightly ordered, freely brushed picture at the Phillips is notable for its floating banisters, its complicated interplay of tutus and columns, for the sudden, ecstatic gesture of its mustached ballet master with his arms in the air, and especially for its light, its amazing late-afternoon light.
-- Paul Richard
Edgar Degas (1834-1917) often painted the ballet studio. One of his grand dance pictures is at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, others are at the National Gallery of Art, and this one is now being given to the Phillips Collection, into which it fits, perfectly. The museum at 1600 21st St. NW is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and until 8:30 pm. on Thursday), and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Adult admission is $8.