Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of Degas—Before the Race, Horses & Jockeys Await

Edgar Degas, Before the Race, c. 1887-1889, tracing paper mounted to cardboard, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

French Impressionist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was fascinated by the movement of horses, particularly the various stages of the races.  In this case, the artist depicts the tense moments before the upcoming competition, when the jockeys are trying to control their anxious and restless mounts.

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