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Maker(s):Degas, Edgar
Culture:French (1834 - 1917)
Title:René de Gas à L'Encrier
Date Made:1855
Materials:oil on canvas
Place Made:France
Measurements:stretcher: 36 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.; 92.075 x 74.93 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1935.12
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

young boy with dark hair, serious expression and dark belted coat standing near a table, proper right hand on table, proper left in pocket

Label Text:
Early in his career, Degas produced a number of portraits of family members, including this portrait of his younger brother, René. In this painting, Degas uses the format of a sixteenth-century Italian formal court portrait, such as Agnolo Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man (illustrated below), to depict a ten-year-old schoolboy with his cap in hand, standing next to his inkwell and books. The portrait was painted over another painting whose margins remain visible on the edges of the canvas.

boys; furniture; interiors; portraits

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