Self-Portrait

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1857

Artist:

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

About this artwork

A work of surprising sophistication for a relatively young practitioner of the art, this etching was clearly inspired by the early graphic self-portraits of Rembrandt. Degas gleaned from the Baroque master his capacity to create an atmosphere from which a convincing presence emerges.

This probing self-appraisal was made when the artist was only twenty-three years old. The maturity of Degas’s gaze is matched by the sophistication of his technique. He has printed this etching with a personalized, rich wiping of the plate that anticipates his later work in monotypes.

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Artist

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas

Title

Self-Portrait

Origin

France

Date

1857

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, lower left, in graphite: "Degas par lui- (?)- 23 ans 1857"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "26812"

Dimensions

232 × 143 mm (image/plate); 324 × 233 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1932.1294

Extended information about this artwork

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