"The cup of hot chocolate", painted with pastel on paper.
A genre that accompanied Degas throughout his life was the portrait. He rarely took portraits, but preferred family members or people he knew as models; he kept the paintings mostly in his possession. He was thus free from external requirements. Degas' portraits are characterized by a high level of psychological observation and representation. His depictions of families and couples often show "discrete breaks in which alienation is heralded". With a few exceptions, the portrayed are not depicted in front of a neutral background, but in an environment natural to them.
Edgar Degas, La tasse de chocolat, 1900-05
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