Village Street (c.1896 – c.1898) by Edgar Degas

Village Street - Edgar Degas - c.1896 - c.1898

Artwork Information

TitleVillage Street
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1896 - c.1898
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Village Street

The artwork titled “Village Street” is a masterful creation by the renowned artist Edgar Degas dating from approximately 1896 to 1898. As an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, this oil on canvas landscape portrays the rustic charm of a village pathway. The piece currently resides within a private collection, making it an exclusive treasure away from public exhibition.

The artwork depicts a serene scene of a village street during what appears to be either dawn or dusk, given the warm hues that illuminate the sky and reflect upon the rooftops and the street itself. The perspective is such that the viewer’s eye is drawn along a winding village road that meanders between cottages and houses, suggesting depth and movement within the composition. The brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of Impressionism, which aimed to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. The soft, blurred outlines of the buildings and the natural elements such as the trees and the sky also typify Degas’s approach during this period. The color palette is somewhat muted, consisting of earthy tones that convey a sense of tranquility and timelessness. Indeed, Degas has masterfully balanced detail and abstraction, inviting the observer to experience the quietude of the village scene.

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