(b. 1834, Paris, d. 1917, Paris)
Mademoiselle Dihau at the Piano1869-72
Oil on canvas, 39 x 32 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Degas produced many portraits between 1865 and 1870, too, the major ones of which were Thérèse de Gas, Double Portrait, The Collector, Madame Hertel, Duke and Duchess of Morbilli, Jacques Joseph (James) Tissot, Mademoiselle Dihau at the Piano, Madame Camus at the Piano, Portrait of Hortense Valpinçon as a Child.
Conventional as they may be, these portraits highlight both what is characteristic and what is casual in the personality and deportment of the sitter.