This beautiful French impressionist oil on canvas, painted between 1870-1880, depicts a bust length profile portrait of a beautiful young lady with red hair. A label in German on the reverse mentions Edgar Degas and the work is very similar to his work from the same period. Presented in a good quality later gilt frame.
Artist: Circle of Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
Title: Portrait of a Lady
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 23 x 20 inches (59 x 51 cm) including the frame
Edgar Degas, born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas, was a French Impressionist artist famous for his pastel drawings and oil paintings.
Degas also produced bronze sculptures, prints and drawings. Degas is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. Although Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist, and did not paint outdoors as many Impressionists did.
Degas was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his rendition of dancers and bathing female nudes. In addition to ballet dancers and bathing women, Degas painted racehorses and racing jockeys, as well as portraits. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and their portrayal of human isolation.
At the beginning of his career, Degas wanted to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classical art. In his early thirties he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.
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