Head of a Young Woman (1867) by Edgar Degas

Head of a Young Woman - Edgar Degas - 1867

Artwork Information

TitleHead of a Young Woman
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions27 x 22 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Head of a Young Woman

The artwork “Head of a Young Woman” is a creation of the artist Edgar Degas, dated to the year 1867. This oil on canvas is a representation of the Impressionist movement and measures 27 by 22 centimeters. The painting falls under the genre of portraiture and is currently housed in the Musée d’Orsay, located in Paris, France.

The artwork captures the visage of a young woman portrayed in delicate detail. The brushwork is soft yet precise, with a focus on the way light gently falls upon her features, typical of the Impressionist style which emphasized color and lighting over line and detail. Degas’ use of color and shadow lends the subject’s complexion a sense of depth and realism, while her expression conveys a quiet, introspective mood.

The woman’s gaze is directed away from the viewer, suggesting a moment of candidness and introspection. Her hair is neatly arranged, complementing the understated elegance in her appearance. The dark attire of the subject contrasts with the lighter background, allowing her figure to stand out. The artist’s signature is unobtrusively placed in the upper right of the composition, giving authentication to the work. The subtle interplay of textures and tones conventionally associated with the everyday captures the essence of Impressionism, which sought to depict modern life with a sense of immediacy and vibrancy. Edgar Degas’ “Head of a Young Woman” is a testament to his mastery and contribution to the Impressionist movement.

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