Four Jockeys (c.1886 – c.1888) by Edgar Degas

Four Jockeys - Edgar Degas - c.1886 - c.1888

Artwork Information

TitleFour Jockeys
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1886 - c.1888
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Four Jockeys

“Four Jockeys” is an artwork created by Edgar Degas, circa 1886 to 1888, demonstrating his mastery in the genre of Impressionism. Painted with oil on panel, this genre painting represents the artist’s fascination with the world of horse racing, a recurring theme in his oeuvre. Originally part of a Private Collection, the artwork captures the grace and dynamic quality of the jockeys and their steeds.

The artwork depicts four jockeys atop their horses, seemingly in a moment of rest or preparation, rather than in the midst of a race. The horizon is low, allowing for an expansive sky that provides a backdrop to the scene. The brushwork is loose and expressive, typical of the Impressionist movement, which sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and color.

In the foreground, the four horses and their riders appear in profile or partially turned towards the viewer. The color palette is predominantly composed of earthy tones, with the orange, white, and black hues of the jockeys’ attire offering some color contrast. Despite the static composition, there is a sense of liveliness and movement conveyed through the posture of the horses and the informal arrangement of the figures in the landscape. Degas’ skill in portraying horses is evident in the anatomical precision and the portrayal of the animals’ musculature.

Overall, “Four Jockeys” exemplifies the innovative techniques and interests of Edgar Degas within the context of the Impressionist movement, reflecting both the artist’s keen observation and his enduring fascination with the subject of horse racing.

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