Le Femme from Famille Cardinal by Degas
Le Femme from Famille Cardinal by Edgar Degas
This simple but artfully crafted image is of a woman looking out at traffic on a 19th-century Parisian street. Unlike the subjects of Degas' ballerina images, this woman is not small or graceful. Instead, she is large, her thick garments adding more weight to her appearance. Her chubby face is partially hidden and her hair is done almost haphazardly. Even the purse at her side is an unsightly lump. She is presented in rough black strokes that make her appear unattractive, and her lonely figure is an example of Degas' distinct and unrelenting realism.
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: 6.25" x 4.5"
Sheet size: 12.25" x 9"