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At the Ambassadeurs, c. 1877

Edgar Degas
French, 1834 - 1917
etching, aquatint, and drypoint on wove paper
31.5 x 44.8 cm; plate: 26.5 x 29.6 cm
Purchased 1981
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23969)

The kind of peripheral vision that Degas applies here likely reflects the restless and ambulant nature of the audience who gathered for outdoor café concerts. In this etching we view the café concert singer from behind or to the side of the stage. The scene is framed along the bottom and vertically to the right by a tree trunk and the palisade structure, with an awning falling across the upper right corner. On the stage a singer stands with outstretched arms, possibly taking a bow at the end of a performance.

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