1834 - 1917
SINGER AT A CAFÉ-CONCERT (DELTEIL 53; ADHÉMAR 33; REED & SHAPIRO 26)
Lithograph, 1876-77, Reed & Shapiro's first state of two, one of at least 14 impressions, on wove paper
image: 255 by 192 mm 10 by 7½ in
sheet: 291 by 220 mm 11½ by 8¾ in
With margins, the print is in good condition except the sheet has been trimmed. Verso slightly toned, with dried adhesive along sheet edges and a pale stain at center. (Tiny spot of paper fibers adhered to top right corner tip. A few small fox marks and spots of minor soiling.)
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Ex coll. Richard H. Zinser, and with his inkstamp on the verso (not yet in Lugt)
Nicholas Stogdon has noted that “this may in fact be the first lithograph Degas made, and it appears to be the only one drawn directly on to a stone.” Evocative of many important late 19th c. images, it most likely was the inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec’s color lithograph published in L’Estampe Originale in 1894.