Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Let's not forget Degas

Portrait of the artist
with Evariste de Valernes
Oil on canvas
 1865 - Edgar Degas 
Degas is on the right
The painting is in the Musée D'Orsay

While I was in Paris I drew all the time. Every time we sat down
to eat, or sat on a park bench I carried a lined notebook, and a pen,
and drew fast sketches.

A very embarrassing thing happened on the plane home from Paris,
when I took the cap off  
the pen I was drawing with and it exploded
blue ink over the 
pristine white tray I was using as a desk.  My thanks
to the flight attendant Harry (pronounced without the H) who told
me not to worry, it could be easily cleaned once the plane was

But my point is that drawing all the time made me appreciate
portraits like this -- two friends spending time together. The painting
is both formal, and more casual.  I saw the work at the
Musée D'Orsay, and like all of Degas' work, it made me happy.

Have a loving your life day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

This is a wonderful portrait and you so fortunate to see it first hand! Too bad about the pen! that would be embarrassing xxx

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

I was indeed. It feels like such a privilege to be in the Musée D'Orsay.

Yes it was embarrassing!


Barbara Muir said...

I meant it was indeed. Sorry Evelyn. Typo.


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