Edgar Degas Sky Study 1869
The simplicity of this quiet cloud study is immensely appealing. It's an interesting image to come across, since Edgar Degas is known for his large and complex paintings of modern day life, as well as his withering attitude towards the Impressionist practice of painting plein air.
I'm not certain if this is oil or pastel, as I get conflicting information from various websites.
In honor of Elizabeth Wilson's passionate interest in the subject of changeable skies, for the rest of September we'll be looking at landscape paintings with a strong emphasis on the heavens. If you have an image of a painting, drawing or photograph with a focus on the sky (not your own work please) and a few thoughts you'd like to share, please email me and I'll set up a post for you.