The Art Gallery : Six Friends At Dieppe

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In the Impressionist gallery in RISD museum, a biggest piece of work attracts people’s eyes. Six Friends at Dieppe, a drawing made by Edgar Degas in 1885, depicts a moment of six people on vacation on France’s Northern Coast. Degas used pastel on rough paper to created this portrait from a vertical view. Six men emerge from an orange background and five of them assemble on the right side. These people dressing in the suits typically in 1880s come from different ages. Apart from four middle-aged men, three on the right and one on the left, there is a boy hiding between the two at the back of the right and a old man sitting at the right bottom. By applying unique composition, distinctive strokes and subjective colors, Degas perfectly illustrated the modern world from the dynamic figures. The characteristics of the figures also demonstrate the modernity of the work. Instead of occupying the center, all the people are separated to two sides of the paper. Unlike most of the traditional works, Six Friend at Dieppe doesn’t have a main figure to dominant the image. There are two figures that could potentially lead the view. The crowd of people on the right reveal the emptiness on the left, emphasizing the man on the left. Because he is facing the opposite direction to the others, the contrast reinforces the importance of him. However, two men at the right bottom show the dominance too. Degas drew the most details on these two figures. The man in brown gains the most light and

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