Portrait of a Young Woman (1867) by Edgar Degas

Portrait of a Young Woman - Edgar Degas - c.1864 - c.1865

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Young Woman
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1864 - c.1865
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in (27 x 22 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Portrait of a Young Woman

Portrait of a Young Woman is a noteworthy Impressionist painting created by Edgar Degas in 1867. It is a profile portrait of a young lady and is known as Portrait de Jeune femme in French. The artwork depicts the facial features of a woman including her face, chin, head, cheeks, and forehead. It is an oil on canvas painting measuring 10.6 x 8.7 in (27.0 x 22.0 cm).

The painting is one of Edgar Degas’s most famous works and is part of a private collection. It was only in recent years that the identity of the model was discovered after 140 years of mystery surrounding the painting. The Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, currently holds the artwork.

Degas’s library archive contains many of his works, including prints, drawings, and sculptures. The painting is typical of the Impressionist style, a movement that began in the late 19th century characterized by bold colors and brushstrokes that aimed to capture the transient effects of light. Portrait of a Young Woman is an excellent example of Degas’s skill in capturing the beauty and essence of his subjects in his artwork.

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