Helene Rouart in Her Father s Study (1886) by Edgar Degas

Helene Rouart in Her Father s Study - Edgar Degas - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleHelene Rouart in Her Father s Study
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About Helene Rouart in Her Father s Study

The artwork titled “Helene Rouart in Her Father’s Study” is a portrait painted by the renowned Impressionist artist Edgar Degas in the year 1886. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Degas captured a personal and reflective moment, manifesting the quintessential characteristics of the Impressionist movement. This piece belongs to the genre of portraiture and is currently housed at the National Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

In the artwork, one observes a woman positioned beside a wooden desk, her body turned slightly towards the viewer, yet her gaze directed off to the side, suggesting a moment of introspection or distraction. Her attire is modest, donning a dark dress with a high collar, accented with light-colored cuffs at her wrists, indicating a sense of formality and decorum. The composition is enriched with a background that features swaths of warm tones and abstract shapes, creating a sense of depth and textural contrast.

On the left, a vertical element interrupts the space with a reflection of statues or sculptures, adding an intellectual or cultural dimension to the setting, which is likely her father’s study as indicated by the title. There are papers and books on the desk, hinting at scholarly or administrative activities. Degas’ brushwork presents a harmony of detail and softness, capturing the essence of the subject’s character and the intimate nature of the environment. The overall palette is muted, yet the application of light and shadow grants the scene a quiet vivacity, true to the Impressionist focus on capturing the fleeting effects of light and color.

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