Portrait of Madame Edmondo Morbilli (1865) by Edgar Degas

Portrait of Madame Edmondo Morbilli - Edgar Degas - 1865

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Madame Edmondo Morbilli
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Madame Edmondo Morbilli

The artwork titled “Portrait of Madame Edmondo Morbilli” is a creation by the esteemed artist Edgar Degas, dated to the year 1865. This oil on canvas work is a representation stemming from the Realism movement, capturing the essence of portraiture as its genre. It is currently held in a private collection. The formal attributes of the painting emphasize the sincere representation of the subject, aligning with the Realist ambition to depict subjects without idealization.

In this portrait, the subject, Madame Edmondo Morbilli, is portrayed with a direct yet gentle gaze that engages the viewer. Her facial features are rendered with soft edges and a warm palette, which allows for a humanizing intimacy. The brushwork is discernible, particularly in the depiction of the garment, where broad, loose strokes suggest the texture and fall of the fabric. The background is subdued and devoid of detail, which serves to focus the viewer’s attention firmly on the sitter. Degas’ technique imbues the portrait with a sense of immediacy and presence, as though catching a moment in time with Madame Morbilli. There is a notable contrast between the detailed execution of her face and the more suggestive treatment of her dress and surroundings, a testament to Degas’ skill in prioritizing elements within a composition to guide the viewer’s eye and elicit emotional resonance.

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