Portraits at the Stock Exchange (1878 – 1879) by Edgar Degas

Portraits at the Stock Exchange - Edgar Degas - 1878 - 1879

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TitlePortraits at the Stock Exchange
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1878 - 1879
Dimensions100 x 82 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Portraits at the Stock Exchange

The artwork “Portraits at the Stock Exchange” is an oil on canvas created by Edgar Degas between 1878 and 1879, which exemplifies the Impressionist movement. With dimensions of 100 by 82 centimeters, this genre painting captures a scene of daily life and is currently housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

The artwork presents a dynamic and somewhat crowded scene, rich with the atmosphere of the stock exchange, a place bustling with energy and activity. It features a group of men clad in the fashion of the time, with top hats being a prominent accessory, indicating their social status or the norms of dress within such environments. The composition primarily shows men in conversation or deep in thought, perhaps contemplating financial matters or engaged in the business of the day. The brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of the Impressionist style, suggesting movement and a fleeting moment in time rather than a static, formal portrait.

One can observe varying degrees of focus across the canvas; some figures are rendered with more detail, especially those in the foreground, while others in the background appear more blurred and indistinct, which enhances the depth and realism of the bustling scene. The artist’s choice of color palette, dominated by dark suits and the muted tones of the interior, evokes a sense of seriousness and concentration appropriate to the setting of the stock exchange.

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