DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 32.00 x 38.00 ins 81.28 x 96.52 cms SIGNATURE: Stamped signature lower left MEDIUM:Pastel and charcoal on paper laid on board This painting depicts Monsieur and Madame Louis Rouart. Louis was the fourth son of Henri Rouart, who was a close friend of Degas. Henri was a wealthy industrialist and an artist himself, participating in seven of the eight Impressionist shows. Rouart senior met Degas when they attended the elite Lycée Louis le Grand in Paris from 1845 to 1853. On graduating, Degas first became a lawyer before turning to painting, while Rouart joined the military and then became an engineer.