Landscape with Rocks (c.1890 – c.1893) by Edgar Degas

Landscape with Rocks - Edgar Degas - c.1890 - c.1893

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape with Rocks
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1890 - c.1893
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape with Rocks

The artwork titled “Landscape with Rocks” was created by Edgar Degas, a renowned artist associated with the Impressionist movement. This pastel landscape was produced between circa 1890 and 1893 and falls under the genre of landscape art. The piece remains housed in a private collection and it exemplifies the characteristic techniques and sensibilities of Impressionism.

In “Landscape with Rocks,” one observes a tapestry of vibrant colors and dynamic, almost tactile textures that invite the viewer into a natural setting replete with rolling hills and rock formations. The foreground is dominated by warm hues, with areas suggestive of foliage rendered in oranges and pinks, while the background features cooler blues and greens, denoting distance and space. Degas expertly uses the pastel medium to convey the transient effects of light and atmosphere, which are central to Impressionist works. The absence of clear, defining outlines and the artist’s use of loose, expressive strokes underscore the fleeting quality of the scene and evoke a sense of momentary experience rather than an exact geographical location. The signed work reflects Degas’s broader range beyond the ballet dancers and urban scenes for which he is best known, showcasing his ability to capture the essence of the natural world with immediacy and sensitivity.

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