Woman at a Window
Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (1834-1917)
Oil on paper
Depth: 9.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 65 cm ( frame ); Height: 81.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 45.9 cm ( canvas ); Height: 61.3 cm ( canvas );
Signed, bottom right, Degas
Stamped in red, bottom right, Degas
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932
About this work
Degas often experimented with technique. This picture was made with paint drained of its oil and thinned with turpentine, creating an effect similar to watercolour.
The woman, seated by a window against the light, looks serene. But the artist Walter Sickert recounted that this work was painted around the time of the siege of Paris by the Prussians. According to Sickert, Degas gave the model a hunk of meat as payment, ‘which she fell upon, so hungry was she, and devoured it raw’.
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