Degas Silk Shawl

  • The bands of color on this soft and luscious hand-loomed silk shawl are inspired by the ribbons from the milliner's table in a painting by Edgar Degas in the museum's collection. The rich pattern is a contemporary interpretation of Degas embracing the modern world through his art.

    - The shawl is 100% silk and is hand woven in Nepal
    - Dimensions: 21" x 72"
    - Dry clean only 
    - Made in China
    - Item #: SCRFDG

    In Degas' striking painting, two milliners sit at a dramatically angled table, their bodies partially obscured by three hat stands that punctuate their cramped workspace. Colorful ribbons in startling saturated shades of yellow, orange, pink, and green litter the table in front of the women. Edgar Degas had a penchant for reworking, rethinking, and refining his paintings. X-ray examination of this painting reveals that the milliner on the left originally wore a hat, had ruffled cuffs, and draped a scarf around her neck details indicating that Degas initially conceived of her as a customer.

    The Milliners
    Edgar Degas, French, 1834 - 1917
    French, about 1882 - before 1905
    Oil on canvas
    Unframed: 60 x 74.9 cm (23 5/8 x 29 1/2 in.)
    Framed [outer dim]: 77.8 x 90.8 x 6 cm (30 5/8 x 35 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)