Madame de Rutte (c.1875) by Edgar Degas

Madame de Rutte - Edgar Degas - c.1875

Artwork Information

TitleMadame de Rutte
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Madame de Rutte

The artwork titled “Madame de Rutte” is a creation by the renowned artist Edgar Degas, dated circa 1875. This oil on canvas piece is considered to be part of the Impressionism movement, a style characterized by the depiction of light and its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, and inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception. As a portrait, it captures the likeness and personality of the subject. This particular artwork belongs to a private collection.

In the artwork, the subject, Madame de Rutte, is portrayed with an air of quiet contemplation. Her expression is one of serenity and introspection, with her gaze seeming not to focus on anything within the visual plane of the viewer. The palette is restrained, utilizing muted colors that support the intimate and personal nature of the portrait.

The composition of the artwork showcases Degas’s skill in arranging elements to create a balanced scene. The inclusion of a vase with flowers beside the sitter, along with scattered pieces of the fabric and small, vividly colored objects on the table, adds a subtle vibrancy to the painting. The careful placement of these items invites viewers to contemplate not only the character of Madame de Rutte but also her environment and possibly her life’s narrative.

Although the sitter’s attire is depicted without intricate detail, it reflects the fashion of the time, with the high-neck blouse and buttons providing a sense of the era’s sartorial customs. Degas’s brushwork is evident in the loose and fluid strokes that help to capture the essence of the moment, a hallmark of Impressionist technique. Overall, the artwork stands as an intimate depiction of a person, reflective of the Impressionist’s interest in the nuances of human expression and the subtlety of everyday life.

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