Mante Family by Edgar Degas (1884) Framed Art print
This framed Degas print shows two young dancers standing with their mother. In the nineteenth century, young girls needed an escort to attend classes and rehearsals. Mothers acted as chaperones as well as providing practical help with costumes, shoes and sashes, and hair. Here the Mantes are probably standing in a hallway outside an examination room. Both sisters' feet are in a "turned out" position reminding us they are both ballet dancers.