Youth in an Attitude of Defense

Edgar Degas French

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This energetic study of a male nude (as well as another drawing by the artist in the Lehman Collection, 1975.1.609) relate to Degas' Young Spartans Exercising (National Gallery, London), a painting he produced around 1860 and which preoccupied him for several years. Investigating light and contour in the clearly delineated figures, Degas poses his subjects as trials for transfer to canvas.

Youth in an Attitude of Defense, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Pencil on buff laid paper

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