Portrait of Giulia Bellelli (1858 – 1859) by Edgar Degas

Portrait of Giulia Bellelli - Edgar Degas - 1858 - 1859

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Giulia Bellelli
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1858 - 1859
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Giulia Bellelli

The artwork titled “Portrait of Giulia Bellelli” is an oil on canvas painting created by the renowned artist Edgar Degas between 1858 and 1859. As a work of art from the Impressionist movement, this portrait exemplifies the artist’s skill in capturing human likeness and emotion. The genre of the artwork is a portrait, and it is currently held within a private collection.

The artwork portrays a young girl with an intense gaze that commands the viewer’s attention. Her face is rendered with soft, delicate features, yet there is a somber expression in her eyes and the set of her mouth, suggesting a depth of emotion or contemplation beyond her years. Degas has masterfully captured a moment of stillness, possibly evoking the internal world of the subject. The choice of dark attire and the stark contrast with the lighter background accentuate the subject’s face, focusing all attention on her expression. The artist’s use of light and shadow, a characteristic technique of the Impressionists, adds dimensionality to the face and enriches the overall texture of the canvas.

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