A little bit about the artist
Hilaire Edgar De gas was born in 1834 in Paris. He comes from old, wealthy appreciate with culture family. Edgar De Gas began paint seriously early in his life. By 20 he had turned his room into arttist's studio. He had begun making copies in the Louvre, but his father expected him to studing in the law school. Finally accepted son's will he cheers and even gives him support.
In 1870 at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War De gas enlisted in the National Guard. After war De gas settled in New Orleans where his brother and number of other relatives lived. This time De gas produced many of works illustrated family members. One of the Degas’s New Orleans work depicting a scene at The Cotton Exchange, at the same title.
This piece of art portrays the main office purchasing cotton. In the foreground of picture appears a figure with a sample of cotton in his toes. It's Michael Musson- Edgar's uncle.
In the middle of the room there is someone who sits on the chair and reading newspapers. This man is Edgar's brother. On the left side there is his second brother. He leans on the window of checkout crossing his legs casually.
Nonchalance of two brothers contrasts with the busy activity other charakters. Black colour their clothes opposes white of cotton, shirts and newspapers.
Strong, but not glaring contrasts gives to scene hardworking and serious atmosphere. The impression intensifies technique used by De gas. Smooth and precise touch of the brush.
The whole is kept in pastel colours.
Watching the work we have an impression it's a snapshot. Freezing moment of time portrays them exactly, imparting a sense of movement. This kind of shot view making Edgar's paintings timeless I think.