This drawing and another by Degas (MMA 19.51.6), both purchased at the sale of the contents of Degas's studio in 1918, are preparatory studies for an etched portrait of Manet made about 1866–68, a few years after the two painters first met in the Louvre.
Degas portrayed Manet several times: He made a drawing of Manet watching the races at Longchamps (MMA 19.51.8) and a painting that showed him listening to Mme Manet playing the piano. Upon receiving the painting, Manet was dissatisfied with his wife's likeness and cut off her side of the canvas, an act which enraged Degas and soured the artists' friendship.
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Title:Édouard Manet, Seated, Holding His Hat
Artist:Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Sitter:Edouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris)
Medium:Graphite and black chalk
Dimensions:Sheet: 13 1/16 x 9 1/16 in. (33.1 x 23 cm)
Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1918
Marking: RECTO stamped in red ink, lower left: mark of the Degas estate sale (Lugt 658); stamped in ochre ink, lower center: mark of MMA; numbered in red, lower right: 19.51.7; VERSO stamped in red ink, lower right: mark of Degas atelier (Lugt 657); inscribed in blue pencil: Ph 174 [Photo taken by Durand-Ruel]
Atelier Degas; Vendor: Galerie Georges Petit, Paris , Atelier Degas,Sale II, 1918
Lyman Allyn Art Museum. "Fourth Anniversary Exhibition: Drawings," March 2, 1936–April 15, 1936.
Musée de l'Orangerie. "De David à Toulouse-Lautrec : Chefs-d'oeuvre des collections américaines," April 20, 1955–July 5, 1955.
Newark Museum. "Nineteenth Century Master Drawings," March 16, 1961–April 30, 1961.
Saint Louis Art Museum. "Drawings by Degas," January 20, 1967–February 26, 1967.
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Drawings by Degas," March 10, 1967–April 30, 1967.
The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts. "Drawings by Degas," May 18, 1967–June 25, 1967.
Paris. Cabinet des dessins, Musée du Louvre. "Dessins français du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York de David à Picasso," October 25, 1973–January 7, 1974.
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth Century French Drawings and Prints," June 23–August 23, 1981.
Paris. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais. "Degas," February 9–May 16, 1988.
Ottawa. National Gallery of Canada. "Degas," June 16–August 28, 1988.
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Melbourne. NGV International. "Degas: A New Vision," June 24–September 18, 2016.
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James Bolivar Manson The Life and Work of Edgar Degas. London, 1927, p. 48.
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. 42., cat. no. 49 (vol.2), fig. no. 49, ill.
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Daniel Catton Rich Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas. New York, 1951, p. 18, ill.
De David à Toulouse-Lautrec: Chefs-D'Oeuvre des Collections Américaines Exh. cat., 20 April - 5 June. Musée de l'Orangerie , Paris, Paris, 1955, cat. no. 67, fig. no. pl. 61, ill.
Jacob Bean 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: New York Graphic Society, 1964, cat. no. 74, fig. no. 74, ill.
Agnes Mongan, Mary Lee Bennett Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs (1878-1965): given and bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Exh. cat., Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, November 15, 1965 -January 15, 1966. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1965, See cat. 56.
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Jacques Fryszman "French Drawings from the Metropolitan Museum at the Louvre." The Burlington Magazine. 115, no. 849, December 1973, fig. no. 114, p. 834, ill.
Jacob Bean, Linda Boyer Gillies, Cynthia Lambros, Roseline Bacou, Réunion des Musées Nationaux Dessins français du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: de David à Picasso 54th Exposition de Cabinet des Dessins Musée du Louvre, 25 octobre 1973–7 janvier 1974. Paris, 1973, cat. no. 27, ill.
Ronald Pickvance Degas 1879: Paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture from around 100 years ago in the context of his earlier and later works Exh. cat., The National Galleries of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1979, fig. no. 55, p. 60, ill.
John Canaday "The elegant, exuberant art of Edouard Manet." Smithsonian. 1983, p. 94, ill.
Françoise Cachin, Charles S. Moffett, Michel Melot Manet 1832-1883. Exh. cat., Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 1983, fig. no. 3, p. 17, ill.
Sue Welsh Reed, Barbara Stern Shapiro Edgar Degas: The Painter as Printmaker. Exh. cat., Boston, Philadelphia, and London. Boston, 1984, cat. no. See 17, fig. no. 17a, pp. 46-47, ill.
Horst Keller Edgar Degas. Munich, 1988, fig. no. 34, p. 46, 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. 73, pp. 128-129, ill.
Nicholas Wadley Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing. Laurence King Publishers, London, 1991, fig. no. 14, p. 110, ill.
Felix Baumann, Marianne Karabelnik, Jean Sutherland Boggs Degas Portraits. Ex. cat. Kunsthaus Zürich, London, December 2, 1994- - June 18, 1995, cat. no. 62, pp. 254, 330, 33, ill.
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Ann Dumas, Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein, Gary Tinterow The Private Collection of Edgar Degas. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997, fig. no. 368, p. 282, ill.
Christopher Lloyd, Christine Ekelhart Impressionism: Pastels, Watercolors, Drawings. Exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum, Oct. 14, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012 and at the Albertina Vienna, Feb. 10-May 13, 2012. Austrian edition. Vienna and Cologne, 2012, fig. no. 36, 113, 117, ill.
Henri Loyrette, National Gallery of Victoria Degas: A New Vision. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 50-51, 273, ill.
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