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:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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)

  • Provenance

    Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer

  • Exhibition History

    Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux. "Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York, de Ramses à Picasso".

    Phillips Memorial Gallery. "Drawings and Pastels by Edgar Degas, 1947, Washington, D.C.".

    Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute. "Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture by Edgar Degas," October 16, 1955–November 13, 1955.

    Saint Louis Art Museum. "Drawings by Degas, 1967," January 20, 1967–February 26, 1967.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Drawings by Degas, 1967," March 10, 1967–April 30, 1967.

    The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts. "Drawings by Degas, 1967," May 18, 1967–June 25, 1967.

    Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Treasures from the Metropolitan, Indianapolis Museum of Art," October 25, 1970–January 3, 1971.

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

    Detroit Institute of Arts. "Edgar Degas: The Painter of Dancers (Detroit and Philadelphia)," October 20, 2002–January 12, 2003.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Edgar Degas: The Painter of Dancers (Detroit and Philadelphia)," February 16, 2003–May 11, 2003.

    National Gallery of Australia. "Degas," December 12, 2008–March 22, 2009.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 13, 2009–October 4, 2009.

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    MMA 1988.135; MMA Havemeyer 1993. 206

  • References

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

    Stephen Longstreet The Drawings of Degas. Los Angeles, 1964.

    Treasures from the Metropolitan. Exh. cat., Inaugural Exhibition of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Oct. 25, 1970 - Jan. 3, 1971. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1970, cat. no. 53, p. 76, ill.

    Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York, de Ramses à Picasso. Exh. cat., May 15 - Sept. 1. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, Bordeaux, 1981, cat. no. 146, ill.

    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, 1942-1944, also N.S., no. 45., cat. no. 55 (vol.2), fig. no. 55, ill.

    Lillian Browse Degas Dancers. Studio Publications, New York, 1949, cat. no. 20, ill.

    Regina Shoolman, Charles E. Slatkin Six Centuries of French Master Drawings in America. Oxford University Press, New York, 1950, fig. no. pl. 105, p. 186, ill.

    René Huyghe Edgar-Hilaire-Germain Degas. Paris, 1953, cat. no. 31, ill.

    The H.O. Havemeyer Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2nd edition. New York, 1958, cat. no. 131, p. 24.

    Jakob Rosenberg Great Draughtsmen from Pisanello to Picasso. Cambridge, MA, 1959, cat. no. 206, ill.

    Jean Sutherland Boggs Drawings by Degas. Exh. cat., City Art Museum of Saint Louis, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Society of the Arts. 1967, cat. no. 71, pp. 114-116, ill.

    Frederick Malins Drawing Ideas of the Masters: Artists' techniques compared and contrasted. Phaidon Press, Oxford, 1981, reproduced on p. 54 and as frontispiece, cat. no. 45, p. 54, ill.

    George T. M. Shackelford Degas: The Dancers. Ex. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Washington, D.C., 1984, fig. no. 2.4, pp. 47-50, ill.

    Denys Sutton Edgar Degas: Life and Work. Rizzoli. New York, 1986, fig. no. 144, p. 168, 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. 135, pp. 241-242, ill.

    Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Gary Tinterow Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Ex. cat.: March 27-June 20. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1993, cat. no. 206, pp. 42,212,286,3, ill.

    Jill DeVonyar, Richard Kendall Degas and the Dance. Ex. cat. New York, 2002, fig. no. 227, p. 203, ill.

    Jane Kinsman, Michael Pantazzi Degas: The Uncontested Master. Ex. cat. National Gallery of Australia, Reprinted and revised 2009. Canberra, 2008-2009, cat. no. 58, p. 137, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History