Edgar DegasThe Foyer de la danse at the Opéra in the Rue Le Peletier© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
The Foyer de la dance was a phenomenon exclusively related to the Paris Opera house. The Opera house in the Rue Le Peletier, and then that in the Palais Garnier, was one of the most cherished places of Paris. An institution, the Foyer de la Danse in the opera house was the privileged meeting point between subscribers and dancers. It had its golden age in the decades 1820-1880.
The painters Eugène Lami, Edgar Degas and Jean-Louis Forain, illustrated it during its heyday, rendering this legendary place and its inhabitants in their diverse truths which wavered between the ephemeral glory of theatre and everyday sordidness.
Curator Martine Kahane, curator, Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra