Place de la Concorde (painting)
|Type||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||78.4 cm × 117.5 cm (30.9 in × 46.3 in)|
Place de la Concorde or Viscount Lepic and his Daughters Crossing the Place de la Concorde or Ludovic Lepic and his Daughters is an 1875 oil by Edgar Degas. It depicts the cigar smoking Vicomte Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic, his daughters, and his dog, and a solitary man on the left in Place de la Concorde in Paris. The Tuileries Gardens can be seen in the background behind a stone wall. Many art historians believe that the large amount of negative space, the cropping and the way in which the figures are facing in random directions was influenced by photography.
The painting was considered lost for four decades following World War II, until the Russian authorities put it on exhibition at the Hermitage Museum, where it remains to this day. During Soviet occupation of Germany the work was moved from the collection of Otto Gerstenberg to the Hermitage.
Degas also painted the Viscount Lepic and His Daughters in a separate 1870 painting.
- Hermitage's interactive page about the painting
- Olga's Gallery biography of Degas
- Mari Kálmán Meller (April 2003). "Degas's 'Place de la Concorde: Vicomte Lepic and His Daughters'". The Burlington Magazine 145 (1201): 273–281. JSTOR 3100666.
- Degas - Place de la Concorde Painting A video discussion about the painting from Smarthistory, Khan Academy.
- Degas: The Artist's Mind, exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art fully available online as PDF, which contains material on Place de la Concorde (see index)
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