Degas's Father Listening to Music


Degas's Father Listening to Lorenzo Pagans Playing the Guitar, about 186972
Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
Oil on canvas, 81.6 x 65.1 cm (32 1/8 x 25 5/8 in.)
Bequest of John T. Spaulding 1948, Boston Museum of Fine Arts #48.533

"Lorenzo Pagans, shown here singing and playing the guitar, was a Spanish-born tenor who made a reputation performing songs of his native land in Parisian salons of the 1860s. Dega's father, who had instilled in his son of lover of music, here listens attentively to the singer, his head framed by a sheet of music on the piano." (From the info card)