Portrait of Edgar Degas, wearing a hat
Marcellin Desboutin French
Sitter Edgar Degas French
Not on view
For this informal portrait, Edgar Degas struck a pose like one of the dancers whom he frequently depicted. It dates from 1876, the year Desboutin first exhibited with the Impressionists at Degas’s invitation. Around the same time, Degas painted a portrait of Desboutin at work, alongside their mutual friend the printmaker Ludovic Lepic (Musée d'Orsay). In the second and final state of this portrait (22.63.66), Desboutin burnished out the lower half of Degas’s body in order to give the composition a more unfinished appearance.