|DAY 185||A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS|
EDGAR DEGAS, C. 1875-1876
This is one of several paintings depicting Parisian bohemian life at the end of the 19th century that we will discuss before the end of the year. Here we have an evocative scene from Edgar Degas, set at the Café de la Nouvelle-Athenes in Paris.
Critics and audiences alike loathed this piece for years after its creation because they disapproved of the people in the scene. Although familiar faces in the artists’ community, this woman and man (a local actress and her well-known bohemian artist companion) were considered immoral and uncouth by “proper” society ...