When Degas made a boob ...on purpose

Degas, At the Races in the Countryside (c.1869), detail

In a new entry published today you can see for the first time ever how Edgar Degas turned his friend, Edouard Manet (above), into the driver of a carriage holding his whip as a paintbrush flecked with white paint. He then transformed the artist's coat into a single-breasted jacket.1 The diagram at right shows how Degas shaped its flap and lapel into a giant boob with a button for its nipple. What is this "Manet" actually looking at? A wet-nurse with a bared breast feeding his "infant son". See more poetic magic like that at....

1. Degas, At the Races in the Countryside (c.1869)

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