The Mante Family (c.1889) by Edgar Degas

The Mante Family - Edgar Degas - c.1889

Artwork Information

TitleThe Mante Family
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Mante Family

The artwork titled “The Mante Family” is a pastel portrait created by the artist Edgar Degas around the year 1889. Edgar Degas, a prominent figure associated with the Impressionist movement, used pastel to craft this piece, which is representative of his interest in portraiture. The artwork pertains to the genre of portrait and it exemplifies the broader characteristics of Impressionism. As of the last acknowledged records, this artwork is part of a private collection.

The artwork depicts three figures, seemingly members of the same family, set against an indistinct background that hints at an interior space. The central figure is a young girl dressed in a white ballet costume, complete with a tutu and ballet slippers. To her left stands a boy dressed in a red outfit with a solemn expression, holding a purse or satchel. Behind them, an older woman, possibly their mother, leans in with a protective gesture, her face softened with affection or concern. The composition conveys a sense of familial intimacy and the fleeting nature of childhood. Degas’ masterful use of pastels lends a softness to the figures, with a color palette that is both warm and vibrant, yet also suffused with a sense of melancholy. The artist’s loose, expressive strokes capture the textures of clothing and the subtleties of the figures’ expressions, illustrating his skillful manipulation of the medium to evoke mood and character.

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