Jockeys (1895) by Edgar Degas

Jockeys - Edgar Degas - 1895

Artwork Information

ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Jockeys

The artwork titled “Jockeys” by Edgar Degas created in 1895 is an oil on canvas painting that belongs to the Impressionism movement. It is a genre painting that was a popular subject for Degas and is currently held in a private collection.

The painting depicts a scene of horse racing, which was a recurring theme in Degas’ work. The composition captures jockeys atop their mounts, possibly during a race or a training session. The brushwork appears loose and expressive, a hallmark of the Impressionist style, which sought to represent scenes with an immediacy and vitality, often emphasizing the effects of light and movement. The color palette is somewhat muted, with earthen tones predominating, punctuated by the darker silhouettes of the horses and riders. Degas’ use of quick brushstrokes and a dynamic composition conveys the energy and movement inherent to the scene he is depicting. The artist’s signature can be seen in the lower right corner of the canvas.

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