Portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, circa 1904
Portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, circa 1904

HILAIRE GERMAIN EDGAR DEGAS (1834-1917)

Portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, circa 1904

c. 1904 France

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This work is one of the last portraits Degas created, and presents a private moment in Madame and Mousieur Louis Rouart’s relationship. Degas’ closeness to the couple is evident in their comfort in him depicting such an informal moment. Central to the composition is Christine, an indication of her open and outgoing nature which complements her more reserved husband. Turning her head wistfully to engage with her husband, it is Louis who positions his body towards her, a sign of his devotion and the intimate moment they are sharing. One is given a tangible understanding of the couple through the smile that plays upon Christine’s lips and the more withdrawn expression of her husband. This is a new portrait style for a married couple, revealing an insight into a very real relationship, instead of a formulaic structured portrait sitting.
Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, , May 6-8, 1918, lot 225;
Sommer collection, Paris;
Galerie Royale, J. Breckpot, Brussels, 1924;
Cleomir Jussiant collection, Antwerp;
Private collection, Europe.
Stock Code
4105
Medium
Pastel and charcoal on paper laid on board
Signed/Inscribed
stamped signature lower left
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