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The Rape of the Sabines (after Poussin), 1861-62

Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917
Oil on canvas
59 x 81-1/2 in. (149.9 x 207.0 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
F.1983.06.P
© The Norton Simon Foundation

Not on view

"The masters must be copied over and over again," Degas said, "and it is only after proving yourself a good copyist that you should reasonably be permitted to draw a radish from nature." Degas first received permission to copy paintings at the Louvre in 1853 when he was eighteen. He was most interested in the great works of the Italian Renaissance and of his own classical French heritage, hence this detailed copy of Poussin's painting.

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