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Added Feb 22 2018

Edgar Degas' "Three Women at the Races (Trois femmes aux courses)" is this week's Artwork of the Week! This pastel from 1885 is seemingly unfinished - not unusual for a Degas pastel - offering us an opportunity to trace the artist's working method. He layered the coloring with varying intensities and hues to create the notion of volume and form, and the many penti-menti (shadows of initial markings) give the composition an unusual concentrated energy. This magnificent work is part of the DAM's permanent collection. Come see this pastel for yourself in "Degas: A Passion for Perfection": Edgar Degas, Three Women at the Races (Trois femmes aux courses), about 1885. Pastel on paper; 27 x 27 in. Denver Art Museum: anonymous gift, 1973.234

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