Artwork Title: Interior (Intérieur), also known as The Rape (Le Viol) - Artist Name: Edgar Degas

Interior (Intérieur), also known as The Rape (Le Viol)

Edgar Degas, 1868-1869

Described as "the most puzzling of Degas's major works" (Reff 1976, p. 200), it depicts a tense confrontation by lamplight between a man and a partially undressed woman. The theatrical character of the scene has led art historians to seek a literary source for the composition, but none of the sources proposed has met with universal acceptance. Even the painting's title is uncertain; acquaintances of the artist referred to it either as Le Viol ...

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