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

The Millinery Shop

Oil on canvas, 100 x 109 cm
Art Institute, Chicago

Degas painted several pictures set in millinery shops. The milliners are caught in the most absurd positions, surrounded by brightly coloured hats and slanting mirrors often placed at the edge of the painting. They are completely absorbed by the fitting of hats and lose all individual dignity.