Women on a Cafe Terrace in the Evening (1877) by Edgar Degas

Women on a Cafe Terrace in the Evening - Edgar Degas - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleWomen on a Cafe Terrace in the Evening
ArtistEdgar Degas
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Women on a Cafe Terrace in the Evening

The artwork “Women on a Cafe Terrace in the Evening,” created by Edgar Degas in the year 1877, exemplifies Impressionism — an art movement celebrated for its innovative use of light and candid depictions of life. Degas crafted this genre painting using pastel as his medium, effectively capturing a slice of social interaction with a soft yet vibrant palette. Currently, this artwork can be experienced in person at the prestigious Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, where it remains an integral component of their collection.

In the artwork, one observes a group of women seated at a café terrace during the evening. The scene is imbued with the delicate interplay of light and shadow characteristic of Impressionist works. Degas has skillfully represented the various textures of fabrics and surfaces through his adept use of pastel, rendering a sense of immediacy and the fleeting nature of the moment. The women are engaging in casual conversation, and their relaxed postures and informal arrangement suggest a comfortable social setting. The background, highlighted by the glowing café interior, contrasts with the relative darkness of the evening outside, highlighting the warmth of the social gathering. The composition achieves a balance between intimate detail and a sense of the broader urban environment in which these moments of life unfold.

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