The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 20, 2018

Estérel Village, c. 1890

monotype, Sheet: 29.9 x 39.9 cm (11 3/4 x 15 11/16 in.); Image: 29.9 x 39.9 cm (11 3/4 x 15 11/16 in.). Fiftieth anniversary gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1966.177

Spontaneously executed because the media dries quickly, monotypes reflect the artist’s first impulse.
Printing also presents an element of chance, as the pressure of transferring the design blurs it, creating
softened edges. Degas utilized the technique to construct forms with shadow and light by building
broad tonal areas without relying on line. Inspired by a trip through the Burgundy countryside in 1890, he produced a group of relatively large monotypes using colored inks for the first time. Manipulating oil color with a rag, he fabricated vague landscape designs from his imagination, letting colored masses represent earth, vegetation, and sky, creating an almost abstract visionary and evocative scene like in Estérel Village.

The Cleveland Museum of Art; 8/26/01-10/28/01. "Inventive Impressions: 18th- and 19th-Century French Prints". Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; 8/15/04-11/14/04. "Nature Sublime: Landscapes from the 19th Century". No exhibition catalogue. Columbus Museum of Art, OH (10/13/2006 - 1/21/2007): "Edgar Degas: The Last Landscapes" CMA, "Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art" (Mar. 9, 2014-Jun. 8, 2014). Museum of Modern Art, New York (3/22/2016 - 7/24/2016): "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty "

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