The Bellelli Family, also known as Family Portrait – Edgar Degas
Edward Degas was the first to paint a psychological portrait of a family. He used expression, gesture and grouping in order to describe their attitudes towards life and each other.
The parents are far from each other:
The father is separate from the main family group. A table with papers divides him from them. His job is to work. He leaves the children to his wife.
The mother is enveloped in her dress, her outlines hidden. Who is she? Does she know? Is she looking far off towards another life?
As with the parents, so with the children:
No one looks directly at anyone else.