My latest art doll is “Barre-ing Degas”, and yes, she is a steampunk riff on one of Edgar’s Degas’ dancer pieces titled “Dancer at the Barre.” I like the behind-the-scenes casual feel of that painting. The young dancer pictured is not performing some grand athletic move, or spectacularly costumed. She is instead relaxed against the barre and appears to be contemplating the angle of turn out of her foot. You get the feeling that you are looking at a candid photograph rather than a posed composition.
My figure has a few more bells and whistles (gears and rivets, actually) in her attire, but in her defense, she is much smaller and needs to work harder to attract attention.