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July 27, 2013

Chris asks…

Can you help me identify this impressionist painting?

Two or three years ago, I saw an exhibit of Impressionist paintings from the Phillips collection. One painting in particular stood out to me, but I can’t remember the artist or title. Now I want to include it in a paper I’m writing, but I’ve been unable to find it. It was rather small, probably about 12″x10“, and depicted a woman seated on a bed, partially turned away from the observer. She’s hunched over with her arms folded over her stomach and seems to be suffering from despair or great grief. If I remember correctly it’s impressionist in the style of Cézanne. It must be a relatively minor work as I’ve never run across it reproduced anywhere since I first saw it, but perhaps one of you art mavens knows what I’m talking about.

Administrator answers:

Sounds like Degas’ Melancholy. If you put that into google images you’ll get an image.

Here’s the details from a catalogue I have on the Phillip’s Collection:

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Melancholy, c. 1874, oil on canvas, 19 x 24.7 cm.

Good luck with your paper.

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