Macaulay also says this just before the repetitions quote:
Theatergoers detest restricted views; Degas, when painting, loved them.
This great one, recently in San Francisco and now in Australia, has a squeezed out limited view but nice variation of poses.
Dancers Climing the Stairs
Often though Degas drew the sames poses over and over, and identified with dancers at the barre, and moved them around in his paintings with the banality of checkers than leaps of chess pieces. Macaulay's balletomanes I guess are more easily bored.
Degas also is grittier and more realisitic than romantic than even Macaulay allows – more like Zola – and his dancers are not attractive and not in attractive poses.
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