At the Milliner's

Edgar Degas French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 821

Two customers in nearly identical dresses—perhaps a mother and daughter or two sisters—are seen from behind in a millinery shop. This pastel may have been conceived originally as a picture of a shopgirl (at left) adjusting a hat on a stand. However, once Degas drew the woman underneath the hat at the right and added the back of the sofa, the identity of the figure at the left was transformed; shopgirls were not allowed to sit.

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At the Milliner's, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Pastel on five pieces of wove paper, backed with paper, and laid down on canvas

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