Portraits at the Stock Exchange

Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)

Date: ca. 1878–79

Medium: Pastel on paper, pieced, and laid down on canvas

Dimensions: 28 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. (72.1 x 58.1 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Gift of Janice H. Levin, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.277.1


This study for an oil painting by Degas of 1878–79 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) depicts the financier and collector Ernest May (1845–1925) under the portico of the Paris stock exchange. At the time, May was in his early thirties and just beginning to expand his acquisitions from old master and eighteenth-century pictures to works by Degas, Manet, and their colleagues.