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432

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Edgar Degas
GROUPE DE QUATRE DANSEUSES
Estimation
150 000250 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
432

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Edgar Degas
GROUPE DE QUATRE DANSEUSES
Estimation
150 000250 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
GROUPE DE QUATRE DANSEUSES
Bears the signature Degas (lower right)
Charcoal on paper
24 by 19 in.
61 by 48.2 cm
Executed circa 1905-08.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

Provenance

Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, New York (by descent from the above)
R.M. Thune, Greenwich, Connecticut
Acquired from the above in 1996

Description

As an upper class Parisian, Degas was a member of an elite club called the abonnés, which enjoyed unfettered access to performances at the Palais Garnier. By the late 1870s and into the 1880s, he was well-known among the members of the company as he consorted with the working class women of the stage, often sketching them while they stretched or practiced in classrooms. Degas was particularly interested in capturing the preparation and tension prior to performance, and the more relaxed moments that followed. At the ballet, Degas found a world that excited both his taste for classical beauty and his eye for modern realism.

In Groupe de quatre danseuses, the impromptu moment of the girl bending down to tie her pointe shoes contrasts the stylized positions of the two figures behind her. Degas was drawn to the ballet as a form of physical expression because of its ever-changing nature; the ideal subject matter for his obsession of rendering the human body in movement from every conceivable angle and level. Broadly and rapidly executed in charcoal with the immediacy of a snapshot, this drawing encapsulates each dancer’s immersion in her individual preparation.

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