Children on a Doorstep (1872) by Edgar Degas

Children on a Doorstep - Edgar Degas - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleChildren on a Doorstep
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism

About Children on a Doorstep

The artwork titled “Children on a Doorstep” was crafted by the renowned artist Edgar Degas in 1872. This piece is an oil painting on canvas, emblematic of the Impressionist movement, and is categorized as a genre painting.

In the artwork, one observes a group of children situated on a doorstep. The setting appears to be suburban or semi-rural, judging from the house and greenery in the background. The depiction is marked by loose brushwork and a muted color palette, typical of Impressionist works, striving to capture the fleeting effects of light and mood. A gentle sense of domesticity pervades the scene – the children are absorbed in their activities, oblivious to the onlooker’s gaze. A figure stands to the side, facing away from the viewer, adding to the overall sense of everyday casualness. A dog stands in the yard, further contributing to the serene domestic atmosphere. The reflections in the window panes add to the complexity of the scene, demonstrating Degas’ skill in handling varied textures and light effects. This piece is distinctive for its evocative ambience and the Impressionistic approach to portraying an ordinary moment in time with intimacy and immediacy.

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