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Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs, Paris

Artist:
Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Sitter:
Portrait of Emélie Bécat (French)
Date:
1877–78
Medium:
Lithograph on wove paper (only state)
Dimensions:
image: 8 1/8 x 7 5/8 in. (20.6 x 19.4 cm) sheet: 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (34.3 x 27.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.29.3
Not on view
Although cafés had flourished in Paris throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, they became the rage in literature and art after 1875, when the society of the Third Republic increasingly sought an animated public life outside the home and traditional milieus. Degas was one of the first in the circle of French Impressionists to portray the café-concert, a subject previously confined to popular prints and illustrated weeklies.
Marking: stamped in red ink, lower right with the estate/atelier stamp
Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)(Atelier)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 14, 1997–July 20, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints, Fireworks! Four Centuries of Pyrotechnics in Prints and Drawings," June 6, 2000–July 9, 2000.

Reed and Shapiro 31 (only state)
Colta Ives "French Prints in the Era of Impressionism and Symbolism." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988 (Summer), p. 17, ill.



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