About this artwork
The young woman who posed for this study probably came from Mola di Gaëta, now known as Formia, a small town in southern Italy. Her heavy dress, with its wide, embroidered sleeves, was typical of the locals. Degas traveled considerably in the vicinity of Rome and Naples in about 1856–59 while, under the sponsorship of the French state, he was a resident at the Villa Medici. Artists slightly senior to Degas had made their name with this kind of imagery, as rural Italian subjects were popular with buyers back in Paris. Although Degas claimed that he was “not mad about this wellknown Italian picturesque,” this drawing shows he was still keen to try the genre.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
- Italienne (Gaëta)
- Made 1856–1857
- Graphite, with stumping, on blue wove paper with blue fibers, perimeter-mounted on cream wove paper wrapped around millboard (touch of red chalk)
- Inscribed recto, upper right, in graphite: "Mola di Gaëta"; center, right of figure, in graphite: "Roma"; lower right, in graphite: "ph 2349";verso, upper left, in graphite: "ph 2349/2"; lower right, in graphite: "41 x 56"
- 456 × 310 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection