Man in Profile

Edgar Degasabout 1877

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

An unknown man stares out to the left, drawn in a sharp profile that emphasizes his high-domed head and projecting beard. Edgar Degas first drew him with a much smaller head, then raised up his forehead and skull, giving the man a more substantial presence. Quick, parallel lines form the sitter's dark mustache, while softer, curving strokes create the paler wisps of his beard. Degas only lightly sketched in his subject's clothing, with merely a few lines to indicate the rounded collar of a dinner jacket and a black necktie.

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  • Title: Man in Profile
  • Creator: Edgar Degas
  • Date: about 1877
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Graphite
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 95.GD.35.5
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Drawings