Quick Facts: Degas' The Millinery Shop
Quick facts about the artist and his painting of a worker in a hat shop.

CD: With Open Eyes
Art Institute of Chicago. With Open Eyes: Images from The Art Institute of Chicago. CD-ROM. New York: Voyager, 1994.

A young woman is shown absorbed in the task of creating a hat. She is surrounded by elaborate hats that she has made, but can never afford to buy. Degas found these objects of changing fashion fascinating to paint. He explored the theme of hats, their making, and purchase in at least fifteen pastels and oil paintings, all created during the early 1880s. We see the scene as if we were potential buyers, looking at the display of hats through the shop window.