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Edgar Degas

Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896)
1879
The inner intensity of the figure in the preparatory drawing is retained in Degas's painting, but he chose to open up the scene to include objects that related to the sitter. Martelli was an art critic. Books and papers are chaotically strewn across the table, and this untidiness is reflected in the sitter's untidy appearance. Martelli was unhappy as he was being forced to leave Paris for his native Italy to settle financial problems with his estate. The sad demeanour of the figure in the drawing is preserved in the painting as are specific aspects of the pose, in particular the position of his left hand beneath his armpit. Surrounded by his books, Martelli appears more as a scholar lost in thought, as opposed to the introverted, depressed man in the sketch.
  • Credits Purchased 1932
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 110.40 x 99.80 cm (framed: 134.60 x 124.50 x 8.60 cm)