Portrait of Charles Hayem

Marcellin Desboutin French
Sitter Charles Hayem French
Dedicatee Edgar Degas French

Not on view

In his prints, Desboutin usually built the image over several successive states, often manipulating the inking, and signing or dedicating various versions to his friends – such as he did in this portrait of the collector Charles Hayem. This impression is a previously unrecorded state. The inscription below the loosely-outlined portrait in English reads: "to the friend Degas / the very first proof / M. Desboutin / April [18]76." If correct, then the inscription would mean that this print was not only likely owned by the painter Edgar Degas, but also should be dated 1876 rather than the commonly presumed date of 1877.

Portrait of Charles Hayem, Marcellin Desboutin (French, Cérilly 1823–1902 Nice), Drypoint; first state of three

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