Meerlandschaft mit Sandstrand bei Ebbe, Edgar Degas, Crop Top
This crop top is made from fabric custom-printed with a pastel drawing created by Edgar Degas that I can only find referenced by its German name, Meerlandschaft mit Sandstrand bei Ebbe, which means something like “Sea Landscape with Sand Beach at Low Tide”. Degas drew this during a long vacation at Beuzeval, on the Normandy coast, in 1869.
The design has been printed onto special paper, and then transferred onto the fabric using heat and pressure. This sublimation process creates a soft, breathable, vibrantly colored material – the pattern becomes part of the fabric, it doesn’t just sit on top of it.
Each top is carefully cut and sewn, but with this stretchy fabric it's impossible to control exactly how patterns match up, or don't, across seams. Each pair is individual.
The crop top is soft and comfortable, made of a smooth 82% polyester/18% spandex microfiber yarn with four-way stretch. Printed, cut, and sewn in L.A.
Born in Paris as Edgar De Gas into a fairly wealthy family, with a French father and New Orleans Creole mother, Degas simplified his name to the less grand version when he became an adult.
Although he studied and worked hard at art, with some success, it wasn’t until he was 40 years old and his father died, in 1874, that he really set to work. This was when Edgar discovered that his brother René had massive business debts, causing Edgar to protect the family name by selling his house and the art collection he inherited, in order to pay his brother's debts — and requiring him to actually depend on his painting for income.
He’s famous for his paintings of dancers, a master of conveying movement. Although he’s known as one of the founders of the school of impressionism, he hated being called an impressionist, preferring “realist”, and making fun of Monet and other impressionist landscape painters because they painted outdoors.
We might thus assume that for Meerlandschaft mit Sandstrand bei Ebbe, one of a series of more than 40 drawings Degas made during his vacation on the Normandy coast during summer and autumn 1869, Degas drew the scene from memory in his studio, as he believed that imagination collaborating with memory was better than to "copy what one sees". But art historian Richard Kendall argues convincingly that the drawings are extremely accurate as to actual topography of actual places and almost certainly must have been done at least partially on the spot.
Degas was apparently impossible to get along with and ended up without any friends, which he justified by saying that painters could not have a personal life.
See the original pixels of Meerlandschaft mit Sandstrand bei Ebbe, living on the Wikimedia Commons.
See the matching mini skirt, and another crop top and mini skirt combo printed with another Degas beach pastel.