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Edgar Degas’s La Savoisienne

Emily B. Collins, MPhil
Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009;11(5):360-361. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2009.58.
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Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is one of the most famous of the group of artists known as the Impressionists. He exhibited with them from their nascence. However, many of the definitions associated with Impressionist artists do not apply to a large portion of the work of Degas. Unlike his colleagues, he did not generally paint outdoors (en plein air), and his work focuses more on people than on the landscape or the way that natural light affects the way the viewer's eyes perceive color—things that typify Impressionism. La Savoisienne(ca 1860) highlights these differences and reveals an artist interested in conveying his own interests rather than staying within any set of rules.

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Edgar Degas (1834-1917). La Savoisienne, ca 1860. Oil on canvas. 24¾ × 18¼ in. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School Design, Providence. Museum Appropriation Fund. Photography by Erik Gould.

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