The Ballet Lesson (1914). Pierre Carrier-Belleuse (French,1851–1932). Oil on canvas.
Many of Carrier-Belleuse’s works are a homage to female beauty, a genre that, in differing guises, grew in popularity in the latter 19th century. It frequently appeared in the form of dancers at work or in repose, thus catering for a new breed of collector in Paris, those familiar with the dance halls and Follies.