Edgar Degas French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 809

At the start of his career, Degas produced some forty self-portraits in various media. These served not only as a record of his appearance, but also as a survey of his artistic development. This likeness dates to about 1855–56, when the young artist quit his formal training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and set off for an extended sojourn in Italy.

Self-Portrait, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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