Woman Tying the Ribbons of Her Hat (c.1882) by Edgar Degas

Woman Tying the Ribbons of Her Hat - Edgar Degas - c.1882

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Tying the Ribbons of Her Hat
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism

About Woman Tying the Ribbons of Her Hat

“Woman Tying the Ribbons of Her Hat” is an artwork by the influential artist Edgar Degas, dating to around 1882. Degas, who was associated with the Impressionism movement, created this piece using charcoal, a medium that allowed for both precision and delicacy in his hands. The artwork is categorized as a sketch and study, a genre that typically involves preliminary work and exploration of subjects or ideas.

The artwork features a woman in profile, with her attention seemingly focused on the task at hand — tying the ribbons of her hat. Degas has captured her with swift, expressive lines that communicate movement and a sense of immediacy. The use of charcoal has afforded the piece a combination of sharpness and softness, with the darker tones providing contrast and depth while the lighter areas suggest illumination, possibly from an ambient light source. The woman’s facial features are gently sketched, giving her an air of concentration and grace. The background is minimal, ensuring that the viewer’s focus remains on the subject and her action. The economy of detail in this piece is typical of study sketches, where an artist may be more concerned with capturing the essence or a specific aspect of a subject rather than providing a full, detailed rendering.

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