DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 13.25 x 9 inches (33.66 x 22.86 cm)
SIGNATURE: Inscribed (upper right), stamped (lower left), inscribed (verso)
MEDIUM: Charcoal on paper
The dancer is preparing for a movement known as a rond de jambe à terre, ‘in which one leg describes a semicircle on the floor. “En dedans” specifies that the movement is from front to back…“Préparation” is the movement leading to (preparing for) the “rond de jambe” and it is not normally followed by “en dedans” as Degas writes it; the “en dedans” belongs to the “rond de jambe”.