Portrait of Rene De Gas (1855) by Edgar Degas

Portrait of Rene De Gas - Edgar Degas - 1855

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Rene De Gas
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementRealism

About Portrait of Rene De Gas

The “Portrait of Rene De Gas” is an artwork by the artist Edgar Degas, created in 1855. This oil on canvas painting is stylistically associated with the Realism art movement and falls within the portrait genre. The work features a young individual, presumably a member of the artist’s family given the shared surname, rendered with the careful attention to lifelike detail characteristic of Realism.

In the painting, the subject, Rene De Gas, is depicted with a pensive or serious facial expression, looking directly at the viewer. The setting appears to be indoors, with limited background detail, which helps to focus attention on the young Rene. The lighting in the portrait accentuates his facial features and the contours of his clothing. He is wearing a dark outfit with a white shirt collar and a red tie peeking through the top. There appears to be a table or desk on the left side of the image, with some papers and a quill pen, suggesting a studious or intellectual context. Overall, the artwork conveys a sense of the subject’s individuality and the sober atmosphere of the time in which it was painted.

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