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Little Girl Practicing at the Bar

Artist:
Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1878–80
Medium:
Black chalk and graphite, heightened with white chalk on pink laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 3/16 x 11 9/16 in. (31 x 29.3cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.943
Not on view
Signature: Graphite, lower right: Degas

Inscription: Inscribed in black chalk upper left: "bien accuser/ l'os du coude" (emphasize the elbow bone); at lower right: "battements à la seconde/ à la barre (battements in second position at the barre).

Marking: Back of drawing, lower left, inscribed in graphite: Mrs. H. ; marked in red pencil: + (in a circle); pasted round sticker with purple center with printed monogram: HOH, inscribed in pen and ink: Dancer / Barre / 305 Degas
H. O. Havemeyer(bought from the artist); Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
The Grolier Club. "Prints, Drawings, and Bronzes: by Degas," January 26, 1922–February 28, 1922.

Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Nineteenth century French drawings, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1947," March 8, 1947–April 6, 1947.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Degas in the Metropolitan," February 26, 1977–September 4, 1977.

Kunsthalle Tübingen. "Edgar Degas: Pastelle, Ölskizzen, Zeichnungen," January 14, 1984–March 25, 1984.

National Gallery of Canada. "Degas," June 16, 1988–August 28, 1988.

Joslyn Art Museum. "Degas and the Little Dancer," February 7, 1998–May 3, 1998.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. "Degas and the Little Dancer," May 30, 1998–September 8, 1998.

Baltimore Museum of Art. "Degas and the Little Dancer," October 4, 1998–January 3, 1999.

Portland Art Museum. "The Dancer: Degas, Forain, Toulouse Lautrec," February 2, 2008–May 11, 2008.

Royal Academy of Arts. "Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement," September 17, 2011–December 11, 2011.

Melbourne. NGV International. "Degas: A New Vision," June 24–September 18, 2016.

MMA 1988. 213
The H.O. Havemeyer Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Objects of Art. Privately published, New York, 1931, p. 186.

Walter Mehring European Drawings from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Portfolio of Collotype Reproductions [Vol. 1: Italian Drawings; Vol. 2: Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings; Vol. 3: "New Series": Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 vols., New York, 1942–44, also N.S., no. 44., cat. no. 54 (vol.2), fig. no. 54, ill.

Lillian Browse Degas Dancers. Studio Publications, New York, 1949, cat. no. 77, pp. 59, 68, 364, ill.

The H.O. Havemeyer Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2nd edition. New York, 1958, fig. no. 133, p. 24.

Louisine W. Havemeyer Sixteen to Sixty, Memoirs of a Collector. New York, 1961, p. 252.

Linda Boyer Gillies "European Drawings in the Havemeyer Collection" Connoisseur. vol. 172, no. 693, November 1969, fig. no. no.1, pp. 153, 148, ill.

Charles S. Moffett Degas in the Metropolitan. Ex. cat., February 26-September 4, 1977: a complete checklist of works by Degas in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1977, fig. no. 24.

Frances Weitzenhoffer, University Microfilms International The Creation of the Havemeyer Collection, 1875-1900 [Ph.D. diss., CUNY, 1982]. PhD diss., 1982 p. 260.

Dr. Götz Adriani Edgar Degas. Pastelle, Ölskizzen, Zeichnungen. Exh. cat.. Kunsthalle Tübingen, January 14 - March 25, 1984, cat. no. 116, ill.

Barbara Burn Metropolitan Children. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1984, pp. 86, 110, ill.

Frances Weitzenhoffer The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America. New York, 1986, p. 116.

Horst Keller Edgar Degas. Munich, 1988, fig. no. 99, p. 132, ill.

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Douglas Druick, Henri Loyrette, Michael Pantazzi, Gary Tinterow Degas. Ex. cat.: Paris, Ottawa, MMA, 1988-1989. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, National Museums of Canada, New York and Ottawa, 1988-89, cat. no. 213, p. 328, ill.

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Gary Tinterow Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat.: March 27-June 20. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1993, cat. no. 221, pp. 42, 212, 286, ill.

Mari Kálmán Meller "Exercises in and around Degas's Classrooms: Part III." Burlington Magazine. vol. 85, no. 1084, July 1993, fig. no. 14, pp. 460-61, ill.

Richard Kendall, Douglas Druick, Arthur Beale Degas and the Little Dancer. Exh. cat., Joslyn Art Museum, February 7-May 3, 1998; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, May 30-September 8, 1998; Baltimore Museum of Art, October 4-January 3, 1999. New Haven and Omaha, 1998-1999, cat. no. 12, pp. 18, 22, ill.

Annette Dixon, Mary Weaver Chapin, Jill DeVonyar, Richard Kendall, Florence Valdès-Forain The Dancer: Degas, Forain, Toulouse-Lautrec. Exh. cat., Portland Art Museum, February 2-May 11, 2008. Seattle, 2008, pp. 212, 242, ill. p. 212, pl. 154.

Richard Kendall, Jill DeVonyar Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London, 17 Sept. - 11 Dec. London, 2011, cat. no. 49, pp. 130-5, ill.



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