Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917

Portrait de Mlle Rose Caron (Portrait of Rose Caron)

Public Domain

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Portrait de Mlle Rose Caron (Portrait of Rose Caron), ca. 1892

Artwork Details

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Materials

oil on canvas

Measurements

support: 30 x 32 1/2 inches (76.2 x 82.55 cm); framed: 39 1/8 x 42 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches (99.38 x 107.32 x 15.56 cm)

Collection Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Credit

Charles Clifton, Charles W. Goodyear and Elisabeth H. Gates Funds, 1943

Accession ID

1943:1

The gesture of a woman pulling on a long glove is the focal point of this portrait by Edgar Degas. Rose Caron (French, 1857–1930) was a famous operatic soprano. Through his extensive social circle and consuming love of the theater, Degas came to know Caron quite well. As evidenced by his abundant depictions of ballet dancers and other stage performers, the movements and physical traits of such individuals fascinated him. This image suggests that Degas was particularly drawn to Caron’s elongated, elegant arms. Here, dark fluid brushstrokes define the contours of her figure, silhouetted against a light background of brilliant reds, blues, yellows, greens, and browns. In this image, the artist positions the viewer as an observer of a typically private scene, possibly backstage. 

Label from Humble and Human: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., February 2–May 26, 2019

French Impressionism