About the cat in Degas’s hat shop…
By David Stone
The art alone… A cat in Degas’s hat shop
A pioneer, his work frames a part of art history not likely to be forgotten. But his contentious nature, his strident anti-Semitism and the misogyny some see in his paintings of women made him an unpopular figure in contemporary art circles.
But I think we should consider the art alone, without the personal shortcomings or overt mistakes.
Maybe it’s contrast with the other, gentle impressionists that makes his faults stand out.
“His paintings portray the growth of the bourgeoisie, the emergence of a service economy and the widespread entrance of women into the workplace,” according to biography.com, quite a different enterprise than that of his contemporaries.
The honesty of his portrayals got him in trouble with a society that preferred to keep the more mundane sides of life out of the pictures.
Among his subjects were laundresses and shopkeepers, plain and simple, recorded with honest, evocative detail.
One his most famous paintings of bourgeois life in Paris is The Millinery Shop.
A stylish woman is trying on hats when, in Deborah’s version, Sam intrudes on the Nineteenth Century to attach an irresistible sash.
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