Portrait after a Costume Ball (Portrait of Madame Dietz Monnin) (1879) by Edgar Degas

Portrait after a Costume Ball (Portrait of Madame Dietz Monnin) - Edgar Degas - 1879

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait after a Costume Ball (Portrait of Madame Dietz Monnin)
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions85.5 x 75 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About Portrait after a Costume Ball (Portrait of Madame Dietz Monnin)

The artwork titled “Portrait after a Costume Ball (Portrait of Madame Dietz Monnin)” was created by the renowned artist Edgar Degas in 1879. This exquisite portrait is rendered in pastel, a medium well-utilized by Degas, particularly during the height of his career. The piece is a testament to the Impressionism movement, of which Degas was a prominent figure, and it measures 85.5 by 75 centimeters. As the genre suggests, it’s a portrait that captures a moment following a costume ball, presumably evoking the atmosphere and personality of Madame Dietz Monnin.

Degas’s artwork presents the subject seated in an informal, relaxed pose, conveying a sense of the sitter’s character and state of mind after the festive event. The use of pastel allows for a soft yet vivid depiction of colors and light, with a varied palette reflecting both the warmth of the interior space and the cool tones of the evening attire. The sitter is adorned with a hat that adds a touch of elegance and festivity, complementing the intricate costume with its feather adornment. The distinct Impressionist style is evident in the loose, expressive strokes and the focus on capturing the fleeting effects of light rather than detailed realism. The background, while suggestive rather than fully defined, provides context to the setting, offering a glimpse into the vibrant life of the period. Overall, the artwork embodies the spirit of an era with its luminous color scheme and a palpable sense of immediacy and intimacy.

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