Young Woman with Her Hand over Her Mouth

Edgar Degas French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 815

This painting depicts a woman who appears to have been crying or is ill, in the sort of unguarded moment that Degas explored in his art throughout his career. Painted quickly and with great economy, its emphasis on capturing a transient emotional state marks it as a study rather than a formal portrait.

One early owner, the painter Egisto Fabbri (1866–1933), lent the canvas to the first exhibition of Impressionist art in Italy, held at the Lyceum Club in Florence in 1910.

Young Woman with Her Hand over Her Mouth, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Oil colors freely mixed with turpentine on canvas

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