Madame Alexis Rouart and Her Children (c.1905) by Edgar Degas

Madame Alexis Rouart and Her Children - Edgar Degas - c.1905

Artwork Information

TitleMadame Alexis Rouart and Her Children
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPetit Palais, Paris, France

About Madame Alexis Rouart and Her Children

The artwork titled “Madame Alexis Rouart and Her Children,” created by Edgar Degas around the year 1905, is a pastel work that epitomizes the Impressionism art movement. This genre painting, which details a maternal scene with children, is housed in the collection of the Petit Palais in Paris, France. The artwork is a testament to Degas’s distinctive style and his exploration of family life through the medium of pastels.

The artwork presents an intimate portrayal of a woman, presumably Madame Alexis Rouart, with two young children in a natural outdoor setting. The pastel medium has allowed Degas to blend colors with softness and subtlety, contributing to a sense of immediacy and fleeting atmosphere that is characteristic of Impressionism. The brushwork appears loose and expressive, allowing for a dynamic interplay of light and color that brings the figures and their environment to life.

Madame Rouart is positioned prominently in the centre, with her body angled towards a child who seems to be standing by her side. Her attire is of a gentle hue, indicative of the period’s fashion. Another child appears seated on a chair, mostly in profile, with their attention directed away from the viewer, possibly lost in thought or gazing at something outside of the frame. Background elements are suggestively depicted, sketching out an impression of a pastoral landscape without overt detailing. The work is notable for its emotional warmth and the delicate rendering of the subjects’ subtle interactions.

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