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Squall in the Mountains, 1890

Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917
Monotype in oil colors on cream-color wove paper
11-3/4 x 15-1/2 in. (29.8 x 39.4 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase, B. Gerald Cantor Fund
P.1965.009.1
© 2012 Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

In October 1890, Degas traveled with his friend the sculptor Albert Bartholomé to visit their mutual friend, the artist Pierre-Georges Jeanniot, at his estate in Burgundy. Jeanniot had a printing press and artist's tools, which Degas borrowed to work on a series of landscape monotypes. According to Jeanniot, it was there that Degas made his first monotypes ¿ not in black printer's ink, but in oil paints in a range of colors. He continued with this technique after his return to Paris. The style that evolved relied almost entirely on color as both an organizing and refining agent, and ignored line altogether.

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