Mme. Theodore Gobillard (1869) by Edgar Degas

Mme. Theodore Gobillard - Edgar Degas - 1869

Artwork Information

TitleMme. Theodore Gobillard
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism

About Mme. Theodore Gobillard

The artwork titled “Mme. Theodore Gobillard” is a creation by the renowned artist Edgar Degas, completed in the year 1869. It is executed in pastel on paper, showcasing the delicate and vivid characteristics typical of Degas’s style within the Impressionist movement. The genre of this piece is portraiture, where the subject’s persona is captured intimately.

In the artwork, a woman is depicted in profile, turning slightly to face the viewer. Her expression is contemplatively reserved, possibly indicative of the social expectations and introspective characteristics during that era. Degas’s mastery in the medium is evident in the soft rendering of her features, with particular attention paid to the contours of her face and the texture of her hair, which is styled in braids.

The background bears a soft-focus depiction of an indistinct setting, likely intended to keep the spectator’s attention fixed on the subject. The use of light and color in the background contrasts with the darker tone of the woman’s attire, emphasizing her visage. The composition of the portrait, with the sitter situated off-center and the negative space on the left, exhibits Degas’s unconventional approach to framing, which was part of the innovative spirit of Impressionism.

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