The Burrell Collection holds one of the greatest collections of Degas’s works in the world. One of the greatest artistic innovators of his age, Degas found new ways of depicting modern Parisian life; pursuing a vision distinct from that of his fellow Impressionists. He also relentlessly experimented with materials, particularly pastel that he came to prefer over oil paint.
In this portrait Degas shows his friend, the art critic and novelist, Edmond Duranty seated in his study, literally surrounded by the books which were the tools of his trade. With the exception of the bottle of ink and the two magnifying glasses, the picture comprises nothing but Duranty and his books and pamphlets. As the first Keeper of The Burrell Collection wrote: ‘all that is not Duranty is books and all that is not books is Duranty!’
- Image Size: 27cm x 27.2cm
- Paper Size: 30cmx40cm
- Handmade in Scotland by Camsail Fine Art