Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

This Ballerina Gave History’s Most Famous Paintings A 21st Century Twist.

Misty Copeland is one of the top ballerinas working in the United States today, and her latest project is absolutely beautiful.

Copeland posed for images that were intended to recreate the paintings of Edgar Degas, as well as sculptures of dancers at the Paris Opera Ballet. "Trying to re-create what Degas did was really difficult," Copeland said in an interview. "It was amazing just to notice all of the small details but also how he still allows you to feel like there's movement. That's what I think is so beautiful and difficult about dance too. You're trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving."

You can see the images from the shoot, as well as a video, below.

For the shoot, Copeland played the role of a character in Degas' paintings.

For the shoot, Copeland played the role of a character in Degas' paintings.

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

The side-bye-side painting and photos are eerily similar.

The side-bye-side painting and photos are eerily similar.

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

"It was interesting to be on a shoot and to not have the freedom to just create like I normally do with my body," Copeland explained.

"It was interesting to be on a shoot and to not have the freedom to just create like I normally do with my body," Copeland explained.

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

In other words, her goal here was recreation instead of expression.

In other words, her goal here was recreation instead of expression.

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

For some behind-the-scenes from the shoot, check out the video below.

Sources: Harpers BAZAAR, Harper's BAZAAR

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