Degas studied his preferred subject, ballet performers, in hundreds of works. The dancers preparing to go onstage. One of the largest and most ambitious of the artist’s late works. Degas was fascinated by ballet and the gestures of ballerinas, and he made more than a thousand drawings, paintings, and sculptures of ballet themes. This painting was made in 1899, it shows the dancers getting ready to go onstage. The detail that is in the painting, is very exquisite it shows the detail of the dancers and the background setting.