Edgar Degas - The Milliners 1898

The Milliners 1898
The Milliners
1898 75x81cm oil/canvas
Saint Louis Art Museum

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From Saint Louis Art Museum:
Two milliners in white aprons decorate a straw hat: the woman to the right holds feathers and flowers while her companion pins them in place. Edgar Degas regularly treated the theme of milliners and empathized with their creative abilities. In his earlier treatments, he used the American artist Mary Cassatt as a model, but in this late work, his sitters have become abstract and generalized. The abstraction is evident in the flat areas of color and the line of green curling around the women’s heads.