EDGAR DEGAS (French Impressionist): Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage, c. 1874. Metropolitan Museum. There are three very similar versions of this composition. The largest, painted in grisaille (Musée d'Orsay, Paris), was shown in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. The two other works, tentatively dated to the same year, are in the Metropolitan's collection. This painting probably preceded its close variant in pastel, which is more freely handled.