DEGAS, Edgar
(b. 1834, Paris, d. 1917, Paris)

Place de la Concorde

Oil on canvas, 79 x 118 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Degas's pictures recorded images of life in a modern city. The present painting - probably destroyed in World War II - shows Baron Lepic and his daughters strolling along a boulevard. Lepic, art connoisseur and dog breeder is immaculately turned out. Cigar in mouth, one hand behind his back, an umbrella under his arm, he is walking across the empty Place de la Concorde with his daughters and dog.