Woman with the Oriental Vase (1872) by Edgar Degas

Woman with the Oriental Vase - Edgar Degas - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleWoman with the Oriental Vase
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions65 x 54 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Woman with the Oriental Vase

The artwork titled “Woman with the Oriental Vase” is a creation by Edgar Degas, crafted in 1872, during the pivotal period of Impressionism. This oil on canvas portrait measures 65 by 54 centimeters and belongs to the genre of portraiture. Demonstrative of the Impressionism movement, the piece is part of the collection at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

The artwork showcases a woman seated next to an ornately decorated vase, which has significant presence due to its size and detailed design. Degas captures the woman in a moment of quiet repose, her gaze possibly directed toward something outside the frame. The juxtaposition of the oriental vase and the woman suggests a narrative, engaging the viewer in considering the relationship between the subject and the object. The choice of earthy, muted tones conveys a sense of warmth and intimacy. The brushstrokes and play of light and shadow are indicative of the Impressionistic style, which emphasizes the fleeting effects of light and color over exact replication of form.

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