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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FRENCH COLLECTION

Edgar Degas
SÉMIRAMIS CONSTRUISANT UNE VILLE
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 607,500 EUR
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FRENCH COLLECTION

Edgar Degas
SÉMIRAMIS CONSTRUISANT UNE VILLE
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 607,500 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

Art Impressionniste et Moderne

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Paris

Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
SÉMIRAMIS CONSTRUISANT UNE VILLE
stamped with the signature Degas (lower right); stamped with the studio mark (on the stretcher)
peinture à l'essence on canvas
18 7/8 x 32 in.
Painted in 1861.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

Provenance

Sale: Atelier Edgar Degas, 1st sale Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 6-7 and 8 May 1918, no. 21, illustrated p. 15
Henri Fèvre, Monte-Carlo (and sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Tableaux et pastels. Dessins et estampes par Degas. Tableaux modernes, 22nd June 1925, lot 63)
Fiquet, Paris
André & Olga Wormser, Paris
Thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Schmit, Exposition Degas 1834-1917, 1975, no. 5

Literature

Paul-André Lemoisne, Degas et son œuvre, vol. II, Paris, 1946, no. 83, illustrated p. 45

Catalogue Note

This work, painted in monochrome, is a study for the famous painting Sémiramis construisant Babylone 1860-62, today kept in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay (fig.). The Assyrian queen is depicted standing on the banks of the Euphrates river, watching the building of the mythical city of Babylon. Degas based this large format painting on Assyrian archaeological sources he had seen at the Louvre. He produced several preparatory drawings as well as four preparatory oil works. It is interesting to see how the final painting differs from its studies, in particular in the composition of the group of figures. Stylistically, this sketch demonstrates Degas’s academic aptitude, typical of his early works and his skill as a draughtsman, learnt from Ingres whom he met in 1855. His attention to the horse is noteworthy, as it is a subject he was to return to with brio in his famous representations of horse races.

Art Impressionniste et Moderne

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Paris