|Edgar Degas (born July 19, 1834)
Landscape with Cows in Foreground
Most people probably remember Edgar Degas best for being one of the founders of the Impressionist art movement and for his colorful paintings and dynamic sculptures of dancers. Several years ago, I attended an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that was dedicated to Degas's works on paper, including his pastels. Among these works are many, many vibrant landscapes. Here, Degas gives us what appears to be a late summer or autumn landscape with cows. The spinal ridges of the cows are echoed in the lines of the landscape. No one can say that Degas didn't have a sense of humor.
And after all, who doesn't love a good cow painting?