Portrait of Henri-Michel Lévy by French painter Edgar Degas shows his fellow Impressionist artist and friend in his studio during a break from working in 1878. Lévy stands informally in front of a pastoral scene of leisure that contrasts with Degas painting of the realm of work, i.e. Lévy’s studio.
In the foreground we can see an open palette of paint and brushes, along with a mannequin of a lady in a pink dress and a straw hat, the depiction of which we can see in the painting to the left of Lévy, presumably the part of the picture the artist is taking a break from painting.
Edgar Degas’s Portrait of Henri-Michel Lévy is in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal