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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF M & MME ADOLPHE FRIEDMANN

Edgar Degas
AU CAFÉ-CONCERT, DEUX CHANTEUSES
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF M & MME ADOLPHE FRIEDMANN

Edgar Degas
AU CAFÉ-CONCERT, DEUX CHANTEUSES
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Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
AU CAFÉ-CONCERT, DEUX CHANTEUSES
stamped Degas (lower right); stamped with the Atelier mark on the reverse
pastel and charcoal on paper
18 3/4  x 17 7/8  in.
Executed circa 1878-80.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

Provenance

Sale: Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Atelier Edgar Degas, 2ème Vente, 11th-13th December 1918, lot 141
Adolphe & Elizabeth Friedmann, Paris (purchased at the above sale)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Exposition de cent ans de théâtre, music-hall et cirque, 1936, no. 25

Literature

Paul-André Lemoisne, Degas et son œuvre, Paris, 1946, vol. II, no. 506, illustrated p. 283

Catalogue Note

Throughout his career Degas was fascinated by images of performers – ballet dancers, opera singers and cabaret artists. Around 1878-80 he executed three pastels on the theme of two singers at the café-concert, a popular form of entertainment in Paris at the time. The present work is a study for a smaller pastel Chanteuse de café-concert, in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (See: Lemoisne, op. cit., no. 505). All three works show two female figures or the same singer depicted twice. Like in the final version, the two women in the present work are wearing the same costume. The figures reappear in another pastel from the same period now in a private collection (Fig.1). In choosing the theme of the café-concert, Degas has captured a scene of contemporary Parisian night-life, a source of inspiration to a number of his contemporaries.  The present work comes from the collection of Adolphe and Elizabeth Friedmann, who throughout the early 20th century acquired an outstanding collection of French art. Many of the finest works where acquired through their patronage of the galleries Durand-Ruel and Bernheim-Jeune, as well as directly from Degas' Atelier in 1918. Their achievement as collectors was recognised by the donation of two highly important paintings by Degas to the Musée d'Orsay by their family in 1989.

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