Young Spartans Exercising by Degas

Illustration

Ibolya Horvath
by National Gallery
published on 14 June 2021

A c. 1861 oil on canvas painting, Young Spartans Exercising, by Edgar Degas (1834-1917), the French impressionist painter. A typical early work of the artist when he was still interested in becoming a historical painter. The frieze-like quality reminds of Neoclassical art. The scene may be interpreted as an athletic battle between the sexes. The boys seems more confident, the girls rather a mix with one being held back and another lunging towards the males as if in a challenge. Then again, the full original title is revealing: The Young Spartan Girls Provoking the Boys. In the centre at a distance, the elders of the community look on. (National Gallery, London)

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