Portraits at the Stock Exchange

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– While most critics regard the scene depicted in the painting as dark, murky, shady and sketchy, the actual setting of the painting is the interior hall of Bourse which makes the transaction legitimate and conventional.
– Being the son of a banker, Degas was familiar with the codes and customs of the people at the stock exchange. This painting reflects the artist’s views about the stock exchange in the late 19th century Paris.

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