Riders on a Road (1864 – 1868) by Edgar Degas

Riders on a Road - Edgar Degas - 1864 - 1868

Artwork Information

TitleRiders on a Road
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1864 - 1868
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Riders on a Road

The artwork “Riders on a Road,” created by Edgar Degas between 1864 and 1868, exemplifies the impressionist movement through its use of oil on panel as a medium. As a genre painting, it conveys a scene from everyday life and is presently held in a private collection. The impressionist qualities are reflected in the painting’s emphasis on light and movement, which capture a fleeting moment in time.

The artwork portrays a group of riders on horseback, who appear to be journeying along a road. The setting is conveyed with a soft brushwork that is characteristic of impressionism, blurring details to emphasize the overall impression of the scene rather than meticulous realism. Autumnal tones dominate the palette, with the rich hues of the horses and riders contrasting against a subtly rendered background landscape. The riders are depicted in varying poses, some facing towards the viewer, while others are seen from behind, contributing to the dynamic composition. The sense of movement and the interplay of light and shadow showcase Degas’ ability to depict contemporary life through his distinctive artistic lens.

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