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Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper

Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Graphite heightened with black and white chalk on pink wove paper (now faded); squared for transfer
Sheet: 13 x 9 5/8 in. (33 x 24.4cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
Between 1873 and 1874, Degas made several studies of dancers adjusting their shoes, shown in different poses and from different angles. These drawings served as preparatory studies for his ballet scenes of the same period. Squared for transfer, the figure in this study was used in the 1874 pastel Dancers Resting (private collection); her tenuously held pose characterizes Degas's approach to his models. The same dancer, shown in three-quarter view, also appears in The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage in the Museum's collection (29.160.26).
Signature: Lower left corner, in graphite: Degas

Inscription: Inscribed center right: "le bras est enfoncé un/ peu dans la / mousseline" (the arm is slightly nestled in the muslin)
Louisine W. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
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