Comte Le Pic and his Sons (1870) by Edgar Degas

Comte Le Pic and his Sons - Edgar Degas - 1870

Artwork Information

TitleComte Le Pic and his Sons
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions81 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationE.G. Bührle Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland

About Comte Le Pic and his Sons

The artwork titled “Comte Le Pic and his Sons” is a creation of the artist Edgar Degas that dates back to 1870. Rendered in oil on canvas, this piece is an exquisite example of the Impressionist movement, to which Degas contributed significantly. The canvas measures 81 by 65 cm and is in the genre of portraiture. At present, this notable work by Degas is housed within the E.G. Bührle Foundation in Zürich, Switzerland.

The artwork vividly captures a moment shared between Comte Le Pic and his young sons. The count himself is depicted with a beard and a dark suit, affording him a distinguished appearance, and his face is turned slightly away as if lost in contemplation. One of his sons is resting comfortably on his lap, dressed in a white gown with a striking red cravat that draws immediate attention. The child’s curious eyes meet the viewer’s gaze with a mix of innocence and inquiry. To the left, another son, likely younger, is portrayed in similar attire, his posture and expression imbued with the quiescence of childhood. The brushwork is loose and expressive, indicative of the Impressionist style, where the emphasis is on the fleeting effects of light and color rather than on detailed realism. The artist has masterfully captured the tender dynamic of a father’s relationship with his children, while also conveying the social status and familial bond through the subjects’ attire and demeanor.

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