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The Prima Ballerina by Edgar Degas

Prima Ballerina was painted in Paris around 1876 and represents a Ballerina from an angle of a catwalk behind the scenes. Edgar liked to paint scenes of such dancers and completed a number of noteworthy ballerina scenes. He sought to paint life through a keyhole in a way the audience will never see it.  He was an impressionist which means he used obvious strokes, accurate depiction of light, the experience of time, and human experience ( 1 ). They sought to find a way to show life from a new vantage point. Their works were a radical departure from realism.  This painting is actually not a painting in the traditional sense. It is a crayon type artistic work. This is not the same as the crayons of today but a chalk type instrument. It gives a softer image within the work and is sometimes considered difficult to work with.  When I look at this painting I see an image of backstage life that others may not be familiar with. It is life in motion. The ballerina is engage is

Ethical Decision Making and H&R Block

Dancer Making Points-Edgar Degas The concept of ethical decision making applies to all fields from sports management to higher education to general business.   Even day-to-day decisions require an element of ethical decision making.   When driving home, one must decide whether to drive the speed limit or exceed it, endangering those on the road.   In the world of fine art, decisions are made all the time.   Here is a story about a decision that was made regarding Degas' Ballerina painting, "a $10 million dollar painting by Degas" (Dedman, 2010). Safe to say that everyone in America has heard of   H & R Block, the tax company.   This pretty ballerina ended up on Mr. Henry Bloch's wall, owner of the H & R Block (Dedman, 2010).   Bloch had purchased this painting in 2005.   Although he purchased it, the Degas painting was actually stolen property.   Christopher A. Marinello, executive director and general counsel for the Art Loss Register in London, s