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Edgar Degas French, 1834
oil on canvas 65.8 x 46.7 cm Gift of the Saidye Bronfman Foundation, 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 38088)
The woman sits comfortably in her opera box, dressed in elegant evening attire accented by a colourful mantle that drapes her left shoulder. In her hand she holds a black fan - an invaluable fashion accessory for such social affairs. The distinctive facial features and conventional pose of the sitter suggest that the painting may have been conceived originally as a portrait.