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195
Edgar Degas
LE DUO
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 143,750 USD
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195
Edgar Degas
LE DUO
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 143,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
LE DUO
Signed Degas (upper right)
Pastel over monotype on paper
Image: 4 5/8  by 6 3/8  in.; 11.9 by 16.2 cm
Sheet: 5 1/8  by 6 7/8  in.; 13.2 by 17.3 cm
Executed circa 1877-79.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

Provenance

Henri Gallice (probably acquired before 1917 and sold: Galerie Charpentier, Paris, May 25, 1934, lot 81)
Georges Berheim, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
Private Collection, Paris (by descent from the above)
Sale: Audap & Mirabaud, Paris, December 7, 2011, lot 21
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Rich in textural detail, the present work is the result of Degas' direct application of pastel and his use of a unique transfer process known as monotype. On a metal or glass plate Degas drew the outline of a composition in ink, then pressed a sheet of paper against the inked plate to create a mirror image. He then drew directly onto the printed image with pastels, adding color, dimension and detail in the negative spaces left on the paper.

Degas completed this work in the mid-1870s, when his talents and powers of observation were at their most refined. Voyeurism was central to Degas' artistic objectives and to the intrigue of his compositions. In his scenes of dancers waiting in the wings, a bather emerging from her tub or, as in the present work, a pair of café singers lit by the harsh fluorescent light so new to Paris's late night haunts, the viewer encounters Degas' models in private moments, lost in their own worlds.  

Degas' experimentation with monotypes was unrivaled by his contemporaries. Pablo Picasso owned a number of Degas monotypes and he compared the power of these works to the drawings of Rembrandt.

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