Exit from Weighing (1866) by Edgar Degas

Exit from Weighing - Edgar Degas - 1866

Artwork Information

TitleExit from Weighing
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions11 x 17 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Fenway Court), Boston, MA, US

About Exit from Weighing

The artwork titled “Exit from Weighing” is an exquisite piece created by Edgar Degas in the year 1866. It is crafted using gouache and watercolor, embodying the distinct techniques of the Impressionism art movement. The dimensions of this genre painting are relatively modest, measuring 11 by 17 centimeters. This piece is currently housed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is also known as Fenway Court, located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

The artwork reveals a scene likely set at a horse racing venue, capturing the immediacy and dynamism typical of Degas’ oeuvre. In the foreground, a jockey is mounted on a horse, leading the viewer’s eye towards the action. Indistinct figures of other jockeys and horses can be observed in the middle ground, suggesting movement and the bustling activity of the scene. The setting is sketched with a light hand, and the use of watercolors imbues the piece with a sense of airiness and fluidity. The background features architectural elements and a sparse, open sky, providing a context for the narrative. Degas’ signature, readily visible in the lower right corner of the work, adds a personal touch to the scene he has so deftly captured.

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