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Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Paintings Gallery

A work made of pastel, over etching, aquatint, drypoint, and crayon électrique on tan wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pastel, over etching, aquatint, drypoint, and crayon électrique on tan wove paper.

Date:

1885

Artist:

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

About this artwork

Edgar Degas enjoyed a close friendship with fellow Impressionist Mary Cassatt. To produce this work, he first made an etching of his friend and her sister, Lydia, then covered the sheet with pastel. Degas depicted Mary with her back to the viewer, balancing in a confident pose; her rigid right arm and umbrella move diagonally across the bottom half of the sheet. This air of assurance contrasts with the attitude of Lydia, who is seated and looks up timidly at the art from a guidebook.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas

Title

Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Paintings Gallery

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1885

Medium

Pastel, over etching, aquatint, drypoint, and crayon électrique on tan wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower left, in black chalk: "Degas/ 85"

Dimensions

Image/plate: 30.5 × 12.7 cm (12 1/16 × 5 in.); Sheet: 31.3 × 13.7 cm (12 3/8 × 5 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Kate L. Brewster

Reference Number

1949.515

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