Girl in Red (1866) by Edgar Degas

Girl in Red - Edgar Degas - 1866

Artwork Information

TitleGirl in Red
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism

About Girl in Red

The artwork titled “Girl in Red” is a striking example of Impressionist portraiture painted by the acclaimed artist Edgar Degas in the year 1866. This oil on canvas reflects the aesthetic principles of the Impressionist movement, to which Degas was a prominent contributor. As a portrait, it captures not just the likeness but also the essence of the subject, imbuing the piece with a sense of immediacy and intimacy.

The artwork presents a young girl dressed in a vibrant red garment with white fur trimmings at the collar and cuffs, standing against a subdued, nondescript background that contrasts with the color of her attire. Her gaze is directed away from the viewer, lending an air of contemplation or introspection to her presence. The brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of Impressionist techniques, which seek to represent the effects of light and color rather than deliver a meticulously detailed likeness. Despite the seemingly informal brushstrokes, Degas has adeptly captured the texture of the girl’s garment and the softness of the fur trim, demonstrating his masterful handling of paint to suggest depth and form. The overall composition, with its interplay of color, texture, and light, conveys the artist’s fascination with the visual experience and his dedication to portraying the human figure with both sensitivity and a modern aesthetic.

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