While many late-nineteenth-century painters produced both prints and pastels, Degas was unique in combining these two mediums in his monotypes. He created these images by putting ink on a copper plate without scratching the surface, and then transferring the picture to paper by using the pressure of a printing press. Usually there was only enough ink to create one impression. As a final step, Degas frequently added pastel to the printed image.


  • Title: The Star
  • Creator Lifespan: 1834/1917
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Paris, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Date Created: c. 1876-1878
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: w13.5 x h17.38 in (Sheet)
  • Provenance: Bequest of Charlotte Dorrance Wright, 1978
  • Type: Drawings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Pastel over ink monotype on laid paper
  • Artist/Maker: Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French, 1834 - 1917

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