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Paul Poujaud, Mme. Arthur Fontaine, and Degas

Artist:
Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Date:
1895
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
29.4 x 40.5 cm. (11 9/16 x 15 15/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.1092
Not on view
Degas set up his camera and posed with Marie Fontaine and Paul Poujaud, a lawyer, connoisseur, and friend of many painters and musicians of the time. Years later Poujaud recalled that the photograph was made in the home of composer Ernest Chausson and his wife, Madame Fontaine's sister, and that Degas posed the group and gave the sign for someone else to close the shutter at the right moment. The slouching pose and staging of friends in a hushed, ambiguous narrative recall Degas's painting Sulking of two decades earlier, which can be seen nearby in the Museum's European Paintings Galleries.
Inscription: Inscribed in purple ink on mount, verso, TLC: "Paul Poujaud // 13 rue Solférino"
Paul Poujaud (though an attestation of François Valéry at Bievres, May 25, 1983, states that it was given by Degas to paul Valéry); Paul Valéry; François Valéry; [Alhis Matheos, Basel]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the Museum's Collection," December 4, 1984–March 17, 1985.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Degas," October 11, 1988–January 9, 1989.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography," May 7, 1989–July 30, 1989.

Art Institute of Chicago. "On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography," September 16, 1989–November 26, 1989.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography," December 21, 1989–February 25, 1990.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Edgar Degas, Photographer," October 9, 1998–January 3, 1999.

J. Paul Getty Museum. "Edgar Degas, Photographer," February 2, 1999–March 28, 1999.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France. "Edgar Degas, Photographer," May 31, 1999–August 22, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Portraits: A Century of Photographs," September 10, 2002–January 13, 2003.

National Gallery of Australia. "Degas: The Uncontested Master," December 12, 2008–March 22, 2009.

Fondation Beyeler. "Degas: The Late Work," September 30, 2012–January 27, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs. "Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the Collection," August 10, 2015–November 15, 2015.

Greenough, Sarah. On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography. 1st ed. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1989. pl. 114.



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