Champs de Courses, is a beautiful preparatory sketch for a larger oil by the Impressionist Master, Edgar Degas. The oil painting, Le défilé, also known as Chevaux de courses devant les tribunes, now hangs in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay . Unlike the oil painting Champs de Courses is almost devoid of life. Instead, Degas’ attention is drawn to the outline of the arcxhitecture, focusing on the silhouette of the grandstand. Whilst a lone figure is seen in the distance, the viewer’s eye is drawn to the ghostlike sketch of a horse and jockey. Despite this loose portrayal of a galloping thoroughbred, Degas has managed to convey the frenetic energy of the horse and the atmosphere of the races.