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AN IMPORTANT WORK FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Edgar Degas
DANSEUSE (BUSTE)
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360

AN IMPORTANT WORK FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Edgar Degas
DANSEUSE (BUSTE)
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
DANSEUSE (BUSTE)
stamped Degas (lower left); stamped with the Atelier mark on the verso
charcoal and pastel on joined paper laid down on the artist's mount
40.5 by 40.5cm., 15 7/8 by 15 7/8 in.
Executed circa 1898.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

Provenance

Estate of the Artist (sale: Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Atelier Degas4ème Vente, 2nd-4th July 1919, lot 193)
Jens Thiis, Norway (purchased at the above sale)
Private Collection, Denmark (sale: Sotheby's, London, 30th April 1969, lot 14)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Degas, 1993, no. 64, illustrated in the catalogue
London, The Courtauld Gallery (on loan)

Catalogue Note

Degas began to work extensively in pastel in the 1870s and in the following decades it would become his principal medium. Popular in the eighteenth century pastel enjoyed something of a revival in the late nineteenth century. Pissarro and Monet, for example, both use pastel to add color to drawings, but Degas' use of the technique was on an entirely different level, as is evident in the present work. Degas found in pastel an ideal medium: a perfect fusion of colour and line. Pierre-Auguste Renoir lauded Degas, 'When one sees his pastels!... To think that with a medium which is so unpleasant to handle, he has succeeded in rediscovering the tone of frescos' (quoted in G. Adriani, Degas: Pastels, Oil Sketches, Drawings, London, 1985, p. 62).

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