Dans l'Omnibus by Degas
Dans l'Omnibus by Edgar Degas
In this heliogravure by Edgar Degas, he takes the audience for a ride in one of Paris' many omnibuses. The most common and affordable method of transportation at the time, buses were either single or double-decker buses pulled by two horses. Here, we see a somber woman of ambiguous age who keeps her gaze directed away from us, a stranger. The muddy browns and smoky blacks immerse us in Industrial France. There, people were clustered together in the capital city, yet know very little about one another. Just as the lack of detail on the woman's face keeps her distant and unfamiliar to us, the audience too becomes dazed by an impending sense of both claustrophobia and isolation.
Edgar Degas (1834-1917) took to monotype printing around 1874, after the amateur etcher Vicomte Ludovic Napoléon Lepic introduced him to the process. For Degas, this singular print process gave him greater freedom to improvise and be spontaneous than drawing on paper allowed. Throughout his lifetime Degas produced more than 400 different monotypes, a number far greater than his etchings or lithographs.
This heliogravure was printed in 1948 by Les Ateliers G. Bouan & Dreux-Barry, Paris. It is signed in the plate, lower right. It was printed after the extremely rare original monotype. This affordable version is one of only 1,000 that were beautifully printed on Marais paper with a platemark indentation around the image, as with the original. Comes with copy of Exemplaire sheet, indicating edition number.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 6.5" x 7"
Sheet size: 12.25" x 9"