Woman Seated on a Bench (1885) by Edgar Degas

Woman Seated on a Bench - Edgar Degas - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Seated on a Bench
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Woman Seated on a Bench

The artwork titled “Woman Seated on a Bench” was created by the esteemed artist Edgar Degas in 1885. This portrait, rendered in pastel, is an exemplary work of the Impressionist movement and it currently resides within a private collection. Degas’ mastery in using pastels is evident, contributing to the piece’s status as a significant work within the genre.

The artwork presents a solitary woman seated on a bench, characterized by Degas’ soft yet expressive use of pastels. The impressionistic style is reflected in the piece’s loose, sketch-like quality, conveying a sense of immediacy and movement, which is a hallmark of the movement. The figure is clothed in a vibrant orange dress with blue elements, and a hat adorned with a light-toned trim. Her gaze is directed towards the viewer, yet there is a contemplative distance in her eyes.

The background is executed with broad, abstract strokes in a muted palette, creating a hazy, indistinct setting that allows the viewer to focus on the figure. The bench is depicted with simple lines that form a strong diagonal composition, adding a dynamic element to the scene. The interplay of warm and cool tones enhances the depth of the work, inviting the viewer to consider the subject’s thoughts and emotions. Edgar Degas’s skill in capturing the essence of his subjects is made apparent through his deft handling of both color and form in this intimate portrait.

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