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Study of a Ballet Dancer (recto); Two Studies of Dancers (verso)

Artist:
Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1873
Medium:
Black ink heightened with body color on prepared pink paper
Dimensions:
17 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. (44.5 x 31.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.611
Not on view
This drawing is associated with a larger group of studies, dated about 1873, made for Degas’s famous paintings of ballet dancers. The confident free brushstrokes, virtuoso depiction of a shadow in front of the dancer’s left foot, and beautiful bluish green highlights on her right side showcase the artist’s skill as a draftsman. Degas’s use of color adds luminosity to the rich pink support, one of many bright-hued prepared papers with which the artist experimented during this period.
Marking: Stamped in red (lower left): degas
Stamped with oval studio stamp in rose (lower right): Atelier/ Ed. Degas
Stamped in red on verso (lower right): degas
Degas studio sale III, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 1918, no. 235; Philip Hofer, Cambridge, Massachusetts (by mid-1930's); Robert Lehman (acquired from Philip Hofer in 1948)
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