A Roman Beggar Woman

Degas

 
A Roman Beggar Woman
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 30cm

Description

This austere image of an old beggar woman was painted by Degas when he was only twenty-three years old. In 1856, he visited Rome and studied at the school based in the Villa Medici. This is one of two studies of an old woman and this sitter was probably glad to earn money as an artist's model.The detached observation of the woman's wrinkled skin and veined, arthritic hand, together with the dirt-ingrained clothing, make it a timeless image of old age and poverty.

Image Details

Artist
 
Dimensions
 
1003mm x 752mm
Medium
 
Oil on canvas.
Acquisition
 
Purchased, 1960.
Accession Number
 
1960P44

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