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 Degas, Edgar (French painter and sculptor, 1834-1917) , Femme á l

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Title Femme á l'ombrelle
Alternative Title Aux Tuileries; Woman with a Parasol
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): The Burrell Collection
Artist Degas, Edgar (French painter and sculptor, 1834-1917)
Date Earliest about 1880
Date Latest about 1880
Signed yes
Description

This small oil is like a snapshot of Degas' Paris. Just as we only have time to pick up a few details of someone's appearance as they hurry past us in the street, Degas realistically suggests the fleeting nature of such an encounter. He gives us just enough information to let us understand what we see and leaves our imagination to fill in the details. Here we glimpse a woman, her face shielded by the parasol she holds in her black-gloved hand, walking with a companion.

We have to work to make out her companion, who, dressed in similar neutral tones, holds her parasol low, behind her head and just above her shoulders. Degas adds only some quick strokes of red to suggest a hat or some flowers in her light brown hair. The two women are probably walking in the fashionable Tuileries Gardens in the centre of Paris, although it is also possible that they are at a race-course.

Current Accession Number 35.234
Inscription front ul 'Degas'
Subject figure
Measurements 27.3 x 20.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William and Lady Burrell 1944.
Provenance Alex Reid and Lefevre; purhcased by Sir William Burrell, 1927
Principal Exhibitions L'Art Décoratif, Galerie des Arts, Paris, 1914; Degas, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1924, cat. no. 22; Loan Exhibition of the Burrell Collection, Tate Gallery, London, 1924; A Century of French Painting, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 1927, cat. no. 16; Exhibition of Works by Degas, Lefevre Gallery, Glasgow (touring), 1928; .The Burrell Collection, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, 1949, cat. no. 528; A Selection from the Burrell Collection, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, 1951, cat. no. 393; French Paintings of the 19th Century from the Burrell Collection, Arts Council English Tour, 1950-1, cat. no. 27; French Paintings from the Burrell Collection, Art Gallery, Aberdeen, 1963, cat. no. 19; Up to Picasso, Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh, 1973, cat. no. 24; Treasures from the Burrell Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, 1975, cat. no. 56; The Burrell Collection, 29th Century French Paintings, Arts Council Tour, 1977-8. cat. no. 41; Degas 1879, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1979, cat. no. 62; Degas: Images of Women, Tate Gallery, Liverpool (touring), 1989-90, cat. no. 7
Publications L'Art Décoratif, Galerie des Arts, Paris, 1914; Degas, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1924, cat. no. 22; A Century of French Painting, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 1927, cat. no. 16; .The Burrell Collection, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, 1949, cat. no. 528; A Selection from the Burrell Collection, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, 1951, cat. no. 393; French Paintings of the 19th Century from the Burrell Collection, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1950, cat. no. 27; French Paintings from the Burrell Collection, Art Gallery, Aberdeen, 1963, cat. no. 19; Up to Picasso, Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh, 1973, cat. no. 24; Treasures from the Burrell Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, 1975, cat. no. 56; The Burrell Collection, 29th Century French Paintings, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1977. cat. no. 41; Pickvance, R., Degas 1879: paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture from around 100 years ago in the context of his earlier and later works, Edinburgh, 1979, cat. no. 62; Lemoinse, Paul-Andre, Degas et son oeuvre, vol. 1, London, 1984; Sutton, D., Edgar Degas, life and work, New York, 1986; Kendall, R., Degas: Images of Women, Liverpool, 1989, cat. no. 7
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Vivien Hamilton
 

 

 

 

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