About this artwork
This work shows how Degas adapted his monotype prints. First, on the printing plate, he manipulated diluted oil paint with cloth pads and coarse bristle brushes. Having transferred these textural effects to the paper, he added pastel over the monotype, lending definition to the leaves and branches of the trees.
In November 1892, Degas’s monotype landscapes were the subject of an exhibition at the gallery of Paul Durand-Ruel. One critic heralded it as the “event of the season.” The show included between 24 and 26 images of this kind; the art dealer purchased them all, at the considerable price of 1000 francs each.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
- Ploughed Field Bordered by Trees
- Made 1887–1897
- Pastel, over color monotype, on off-white wove paper, laid down on cream card
- Inscribed verso, upper right, in graphite: "34"; in black ballpoint pen: "5 / 23"
- 253 × 345 mm (image); 270 × 359 mm (sheet)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection