Man Riding

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Painted image of man on horseback

Edgar Degas (1834–1917) 
Man Riding, c. 1875–77
Brush and black essence with additions in brown and white gouache and white chalk on oiled brown wove paper
9 11/16 x 13 1/2 in. (24.6 x 34.3 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1400

Here a trainer or groom in his typical garb of jacket and bowler hat leans forward on his horse in a galloping position. Degas applied oil to the paper to enrich its tone and create a smooth surface, on which he applied essence — thinned oil paint — with rapid movements of the brush.