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Portrait of Mme Lisle and Mme Loubens

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1867


Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917

About this artwork

Edgar Degas rarely accepted portrait commissions; his sitters were almost always family members or people within his social circle. The two women in this somber, unfinished painting were identified through preparatory drawings that label them as “Mme Lisle” (left) and “Mme Loubens” (right). Both were friends of artist Édouard Manet’s family; they likely met Degas at a gathering at Manet’s home. In an 1869 letter, artist Berthe Morisot lamented that Degas had abandoned her at one such soirée for the company of Madame Lisle and Madame Loubens, attesting to the group’s closeness.


On View, Gallery 226


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas


Portrait of Mme Lisle and Mme Loubens


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


84 × 96.6 cm (33 1/16 × 38 in.)

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Gift of Annie Laurie Ryerson in memory of Joseph Turner Ryerson

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