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Woman at a Vase of Flowers - Edgar Degas

Woman at a Vase of Flowers - Edgar Degas

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The woman at the flower vase is Edgar Degas. 73.7x92.7

The light, imbued with a love of life mood, which is full of impressionist painting Edgar Degas, reigns in this picture. Usually, women play a leading role in his canvases, and here most of the flowers. The fact is that the work was first written as a still life, but then Degas added a human figure.

Woman sitting thinking. The artist caught her momentary absent-minded state and emphasized it with even lighting, uncharacteristic for the master, who loved the play of light. Both “characters” of the picture, a woman and a bouquet, are united not only colorfully - for example, white flowers have something in common with a white tattoo on the model’s head, but also because the woman is immersed in herself at that moment, she is quiet and dispassionate, like nature in a warm summer day. So Manet discovers the common, secret life of man and the world.

The composition of this canvas is asymmetric - the woman is shown on the right, the figure posing is cut off by the frame, and her gaze “leads the viewer” out of the canvas, but the hand on her lap unobtrusively “returns” back. Degas deliberately forces him to look at his picture without letting go, looping through the “route” along which the viewer's gaze moves.

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