About this artwork
A work of surprising sophistication for a relatively young practitioner of the art, this etching was clearly inspired by the early graphic self-portraits of Rembrandt. Degas gleaned from the Baroque master his capacity to create an atmosphere from which a convincing presence emerges.
This probing self-appraisal was made when the artist was only twenty-three years old. The maturity of Degas’s gaze is matched by the sophistication of his technique. He has printed this etching with a personalized, rich wiping of the plate that anticipates his later work in monotypes.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
- France (Artist's nationality)
- Etching in black on ivory laid paper
- Inscribed recto, lower left, in graphite: "Degas par lui- (?)- 23 ans 1857"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "26812"
- Image/plate: 23.2 × 14.3 cm (9 3/16 × 5 11/16 in.); Sheet: 32.4 × 23.3 cm (12 13/16 × 9 3/16 in.)
- The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection