Achille De Gas (1868 – 1872) by Edgar Degas

Achille De Gas - Edgar Degas - 1868 - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleAchille De Gas
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1868 - 1872
Art MovementImpressionism

About Achille De Gas

The artwork entitled “Achille De Gas” is an impressive oil on cardboard portrait by Edgar Degas, rendered between the years 1868 and 1872. Degas, a renowned artist affiliated with the Impressionist movement, created this piece as part of his exploration of the portrait genre. The Impressionist movement is noted for its departure from traditional subjects and techniques, as well as its emphasis on capturing the fleeting effects of light and color.

In “Achille De Gas,” the viewer is presented with a full-length portrait of a man situated against a warm, monochromatic background that accentuates his figure. The subject, presumably the artist’s brother, is depicted with an air of casual sophistication. He stands confidently, his left hand inserted into the pocket of his overcoat and his right draped over a walking stick, hinting at the relaxed pose of someone at ease in his surroundings. His attire is characteristic of the period, complete with a top hat that adds to his genteel appearance.

What is particularly striking about this portrait is the way Degas has delicately applied the paint, utilising loose brushstrokes that lend an almost ethereal quality to the figure, a hallmark of Degas’ impressionistic technique. The artist’s use of color and light, while subtle, reveals his mastery in conveying a lifelike presence within the confines of a two-dimensional medium. Here, Degas demonstrates his exceptional ability to capture the character and essence of his subject through his art.

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