The Jewels (c.1886) by Edgar Degas

The Jewels - Edgar Degas - c.1886

Artwork Information

TitleThe Jewels
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, UK

About The Jewels

“The Jewels” is a pastel artwork by Edgar Degas, created around the year 1886. This piece exemplifies the Impressionist movement and belongs to the genre painting category. Degas, known for his poignant depictions and innovative compositions, has placed this particular work within the esteemed Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, UK.

The artwork portrays an intimate moment between two figures, seemingly engrossed in an activity involving a variety of objects that could be perceived as jewels due to their distinct shapes and implied luminosity. The use of pastel allows for a softness in texture and a vitality in color that captures the essence of the moment and the characters’ engagement. The composition exhibits Degas’ skill in rendering figures with an almost casual elegance, while the somewhat blurred, spontaneous strokes are indicative of the Impressionist style’s fascination with light and movement. The handling of color and form creates an atmospheric quality, making the artwork resonate with a sense of immediacy and the fleeting beauty of the mundane.

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