Seated Woman (1895) by Edgar Degas

Seated Woman - Edgar Degas - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Woman
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Seated Woman

The artwork “Seated Woman,” created by Edgar Degas in 1895, is an exemplary piece of the Impressionist art movement. The medium Degas employed for this piece is pastel, which he adeptly used to capture the essence of his subject in a portrait genre. While the specifics of the artwork’s current location are undisclosed, it is known to reside within a private collection.

The artwork manifests Degas’s facility with pastel, rendering the figure of a woman in a posture that suggests both repose and attentiveness. The choice of colors imbues the piece with a rich warmth, as the dominating yellows and ambers interplay with the subtle infusion of reds and browns. Degas’s use of loose and expressive strokes is indicative of the Impressionist movement’s emphasis on light and atmosphere over precise realism. One can observe the artist’s focus on capturing the momentary sensations and the psychological presence of the woman rather than an exact likeness.

The composition centers the woman in a relaxed, yet somewhat informal pose. Her facial expression, rendered with soft, diffused lines, conveys a contemplative mood, evoking a sense of intimacy between the subject and the viewer. The background, though largely abstract, complements the figure with its harmonious color scheme, contributing to the overall impression of a fleeting moment captured in time. Despite the looseness of the technique, there is a palpable structure to the woman’s form and the surrounding space, a testament to Degas’s masterful control of the pastel medium.

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