The Cafe Concert is one of the most popular pastels of Edgar Degas, and it was produced between 1876 and 1877. In the image, a couple of ladies are presenting on stage, and some musicians are placed on the left, like an orchestra pit. Although Edgar Degas for long denied the title of Impressionist, this is only one among many pieces that perfectly represent characteristics of the style. His drawing and coloring techniques show precision, but do not define the lines like other examples from the academic period. The shapes look like they are being seen through a stained glass window.
A vivid light comes from the middle of the painting, from the bottom of the stage. In front of the musicians, two ladies stand out. One of them with bright yellow hair is holding a yellow fan with red details. She has light blonde hair, and her hairstyle has small yellow details. The light that comes from the bottom shines on her skirt. Beside her, there is this lady dressed in black. She is the one who is talking or singing. She is leaning forward, holding her knees and making a gesture with her left hand. As the light also shines from the front of her feet, the dress is lightened with gray and white shades there. The light also strikes the hand that is making the gesture. She has dark hair pulled up in a bun with a red flower on top of it and a large earring.
Behind these two ladies, there are four more, almost composing a crowd. The lady in black is the only one interacting with the musicians, and all the other ones are sitting down, holding their fans in relaxed poses. They all have colorful dresses. On the left, the musicians play on the pit. The division between the ladies on the left and the musicians on the right is very aesthetic. The right part of the piece is very dark. It’s possible to see parts of instruments and the top of the head of few musicians. It’s also possible to see the conductor Charles Marlo on the far right. Behind them, by the side of the stage, there is a set of lampposts of round white lamps with golden details. But the architectonic ensemble suggests it would be an inside decoration. The side walls of the section where the ladies stand are bright yellow. Some more shining columns are placed along the wall, and there is a decorative plant set on the back.
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