Henri Rouart and His Daughter Helene (1871 – 1872) by Edgar Degas

Henri Rouart and His Daughter Helene - Edgar Degas - 1871 - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleHenri Rouart and His Daughter Helene
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1871 - 1872
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Henri Rouart and His Daughter Helene

The artwork “Henri Rouart and His Daughter Helene” is an oil on canvas portrait created by the artist Edgar Degas between 1871 and 1872. As a prominent work from the Impressionist movement, this portrait currently resides within a private collection. Reflecting the Impressionist focus on capturing moments of light and atmosphere, Degas’s genre for this piece falls decisively into portraiture.

In examining the artwork, one observes the depiction of Henri Rouart seated alongside his young daughter Helene. They are positioned indoors with a framed landscape painting visible in the background—suggestive of a domestic space that highlights their personal connection. Degas employs a palette that gives prominence to earthy and muted tones, creating a sense of warmth and intimacy between the subjects.

Rouart is shown in profile, with his attention directed towards his daughter, while Helene faces forward, engaging more directly with the viewer through her gaze. The painting is marked by the characteristic loose brushwork of Impressionism, enabling the rendering of light and shadow in a manner that eschews fine detail for a more atmospheric effect.

The softness of the brushstrokes and the subdued color scheme contribute to an overall impression of a quiet, tender moment shared between father and daughter. This portrayal of familial affection, captured within the fleeting nuances of light and expression, is aligned with the interests of the Impressionist artists, who sought to articulate the transient moments of daily life.

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