Edgar Degas, Portrait of Henri Michel-Levy, 1878-1879
(Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal)
The influence of Japonism is apparent because the objects in the foreground transition the viewer into the painting as can be found in Japanese prints. In this painting the pallet and brushes are the first objects the viewer encounters before observing Degas' choice of the subject represented off-center in an odd angle.
This little painting, Portrait of Henri Michel-Levy, might be taken as the perfect visual example of Degas' theory of art being artifice.