Melancholy (1874) by Edgar Degas

Melancholy - Edgar Degas - 1874

Artwork Information

ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPhilips Collection, Washington, DC, US

About Melancholy

The artwork “Melancholy” is an oil on canvas painting by the renowned artist Edgar Degas, created in the year 1874. This piece is categorized within the Impressionist movement, known for its exploration of light and color to capture the essence of a moment. It is an allegorical painting and currently resides in the Philips Collection, located in Washington, DC, United States.

In the artwork “Melancholy,” one observes a somber, introspective scene characterized by the use of rich, dark tones and expressive brushwork. The central figure is depicted with a downcast gaze, embodying a sense of deep contemplation or sorrow. This figure occupies the foreground, cloaked in shadows that meld with the surrounding darkness, while a muted, vague background offers little distraction from the figure’s quiet reverie. Degas’s technique in “Melancholy” involves loose, bold strokes and a subdued palette, which help to convey the emotional depth of the piece and align with the Impressionist aim of capturing fleeting, personal experiences. The artwork’s title further amplifies the theme, indicating an exploration of a complex, emotional state.

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