The Cafe Concert (The Song of the Dog) (1875 – 1877) by Edgar Degas

The Cafe Concert (The Song of the Dog) - Edgar Degas - 1875 - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleThe Cafe Concert (The Song of the Dog)
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1875 - 1877
Dimensions51.8 x 42.6 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Cafe Concert (The Song of the Dog)

“The Cafe Concert (The Song of the Dog)” by Edgar Degas is an artwork that dates back to the period between 1875 and 1877. This genre painting, executed in gouache and pastel, showcases the Impressionist movement’s distinct brushwork and fascination with the effects of light. The artwork’s dimensions are 51.8 x 42.6 cm and it is currently part of a private collection.

The artwork captures an evocative scene from a cafe-concert, a popular type of entertainment venue in 19th-century Paris. The central figure is a woman, likely a performer, who is seated and appears to be singing. The tilt of her head and her open mouth suggest a moment caught in song. She is adorned with a large red flower and a fluffy, frilled garment, which contribute to her presentation as a figure of the cafe’s spectacle.

The color palette is vivid, with striking contrasts that emphasize the luminescence of the stage lights, represented by diffused orbs against a dark background that suggests evening or interior lighting. The background is populated with shadowy figures of the audience, their indistinct features heightening the sense of atmosphere within the scene.

Degas’ work is often known for exploring themes of entertainment and the dynamics of performance. In this artwork, he subtly captures the energy and ambiance of the Parisian nightlife, with a focus on the immediacy and fleeting nature of the live performance.

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