Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando

Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando
Artist Edgar Degas
Year 1879
Medium Oil painting
Location National Gallery, London
Dimensions 46.1 in × 30.5 in
117.2 cm × 77.5 cm
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Miss Lala at the Cirque Fernando is a painting by the French impressionist painter, Edgar Degas, that was painted in 1879. The painting is presently held by the National Gallery in London. The work is done with oil paint on canvas. The painting measures 46.14 by 30.51 inches.


There is only one character in the painting: the circus performer Miss Lala (from whom the painting takes its name). The painting is done from the perspective of the circus audience.

The performer is portrayed suspended from a rope, which she is clutching in her mouth, and which is her only support. Her arms are outstretched. The painting conveys the drama and danger very well. The background of the painting shows part of the walls and dome of the circus venue.

Cirque Fernando

Degas did a series of drawings at the Cirque Fernando, from which he later created the paintings. His original pastel drawing of Miss Lala is in the Tate Gallery in London.

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