Women Leaning on a Railing (c.1890) by Edgar Degas

Women Leaning on a Railing - Edgar Degas - c.1890

Artwork Information

TitleWomen Leaning on a Railing
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Women Leaning on a Railing

The artwork “Women Leaning on a Railing,” created by Edgar Degas around 1890, is a fine example of the Impressionist movement. Crafted using pastel, a medium that Degas excelled in, it belongs to the genre painting category and captures a candid moment in the lives of its subjects. This piece is currently held within a private collection and reflects the artist’s characteristic style and thematic preference for depicting figures in casual settings.

The artwork showcases a group of women positioned close to one another, resting against a railing. The perspective is from behind, creating an intimate scene that focuses on their postures and interaction with their environment rather than their facial expressions. Their clothing is depicted in warm and rich tones, with particular detail paid to the textural quality achieved through the pastel medium. The women’s hats, adorned with feathers, add a decorative and fashionable element to the composition, accentuating the era’s style and customs.

Degas’ mastery in rendering form and his delicate use of color is evident, as he captures the light and shadow through subtle gradations and soft edges, a hallmark of the Impressionist technique. Overall, the painting conveys a sense of relaxed observation and everyday elegance, inviting viewers to ponder the story and context behind these figures and their moment of repose.

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