Property from a Private Collection, United States
(1834 - 1917)
BUSTE DE JEUNE FEMME PRESQUE NUE
Oil on paper mounted on cradled panel
12¾ by 9½ in. (32.5 by 24 cm)
Framed: 20 by 17½ in. (50.8 by 44.4 cm)
Painted by 1867.
The cradled panel is sound. There is a black painted border around the composition, measuring approximately one inch in width along the perimeter, which is not visible when framed. There are scattered areas of frame abrasion and associated losses within this black border, the largest of which measures approximately half-inch in length. There is a small chip to the panel in the upper right corner. Under UV inspection, there is no evidence of retouching in the main composition. In the painted black border, there appears to be two areas of old retouching along the lower edge and one area along the left edge, the largest of which measures three inches in length. The work is in good condition.
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George Jay Gould, Lakewood, New Jersey (acquired by 1900 and sold: Silo's, New York, May 12, 1927, lot 656)
Durand-Ruel, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Durand-Ruel, Paris (acquired from the above on May 31, 1927)
Marie Paul Voûte, Baarn (acquired from the above on November 14, 1935)
E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1955 and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 27, 1989, lot 8)
Acquired at the above sale
David C. Preyer, ed., "American Collections XXI: The Collection of George J. Gould, Esq., Lakewood, N. J.," in The Collector and Art Critic, vol. II, New York, April 1900, mentioned p. 201
René Huyghe, "Degas ou la fiction réaliste," in L'Amour de l'Art, Paris, July 1931, fig. 22, illustrated p. 277
Paul-André Lemoisne, Degas et son oeuvre, vol. II, Paris, 1946, no. 304, illustrated p. 152 (dated 1872)
Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, Degas, 1937, no. 8