Vesuvius (1892) by Edgar Degas

Vesuvius - Edgar Degas - 1892

Artwork Information

ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions25 x 30 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKornfeld Collection, Bern, Switzerland

About Vesuvius

The artwork titled “Vesuvius” was created by the artist Edgar Degas in the year 1892. Executed using the medium of pastel, this piece is reminiscent of the Impressionist movement, to which Degas contributed significantly. The landscape measures 25 by 30 centimeters and presently resides within the Kornfeld Collection in Bern, Switzerland.

In “Vesuvius,” one witnesses a portrayal of the grand and volatile Mount Vesuvius in a state of eruption. The pastel medium allows for soft and diffuse edges, which creates a sense of ethereal and transient atmospherics in the piece. Degas was adept at manipulating this medium to render scenes with a dynamic interplay of light and color. The palette consists of a harmonious blend of earthy tones, with the fiery eruption providing accents of warmer hues against a generally subdued background. The artwork successfully captures the transient nature of light and atmosphere, characteristics that define works within the Impressionist genre. The distant view and somewhat indistinct representations of natural details denote an emphasis on the overall sensory impression rather than meticulous realism, inviting the viewer to experience the landscape viscerally.

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