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Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation
Degas evidently retained in memory a moment when his sitters were in pensive mood. He did not seek to flatter them or make a `pretty picture' (an idea he regarded with horror). On the other hand nothing could have been farther from his thoughts than to depict these familiar acquaintances as monsters of dissipation and degradation in order to draw a moral lesson. It might be observed, incidentally, that Desboutin was drinking nothing stronger than black coffee! In England, however, the persons represented were considered to be shockingly degraded an by an involved piece of reasoning the picture itself was regarded as a blow to morality.
Paris, France, Style: French Impressionists, School: Impressionist, Movement: Impressionism, oil paintings --
Style: French Impressionists; School: Impressionist; Movement: Impressionism; oil paintings --
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Unknown, "Absinthe" (2022). Art and Art History Collection (Saskia). 3186.