La Savoisienne, ca. 1860
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 46.4 cm (24 3/4 x 18 1/4 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund 23.072
This painting depicts a young girl from Savoy, a mountainous region adjacent to Italy and Switzerland that was annexed by France in 1860. Female figures in regional clothing were popular subjects in 19th-century art, but they were unusual in the works of Edgar Degas.
Early in his career, Degas spent three years in Italy, visiting family and studying Renaissance art. Here, recalling the techniques and appearance of 16th-century Florentine portraiture, Degas carefully drew and modeled the young girl’s head. He then opposed these traditional methods of construction with wide, loose brushstrokes that suggest the dense, pleated folds of her coif (linen headdress) and the softer textures of her collar and dress.(September 16, 2005 – January 15, 2006)
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsEdgar DegasSix Friends At Dieppe
Edited BySingsen, Judith A., ed.
Contributions byO'Brien, Maureen C.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2005
TypeExhibition CatalogueA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967
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