At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs (1885) by Edgar Degas

At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs - Edgar Degas - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleAt the Cafe des Ambassadeurs
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs

The artwork “At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs” was created by the artist Edgar Degas in 1885. This pastel piece is part of the Impressionism movement and is classified as a genre painting. It can be found at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

In “At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs,” the composition depicts a lively, yet somewhat mysterious scene set in a cafe. The perspective is akin to that of a casual observer, possibly sitting at a nearby table. The use of pastel creates a soft, textured appearance that is typical of Degas’ work and the Impressionist style, with an emphasis on the effects of light and color rather than precise detail.

Foreground figures appear to be at the edge of a performance space, giving the viewer a sense of being in the audience, or perhaps alongside other patrons. The central figure seems to be performing, captured in a dynamic stance that suggests movement, while the other figures are more obscured, engrossed in their own activities or conversations. The colors are rich and evocative, with an interplay of shadow and light that adds depth and atmosphere to the scene. The pastel medium allows for both vivid and muted tones, contributing to the overall impressionistic effect.

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