About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

Mme. Michel Musson and Her Daughters, Estelle and Désirée, January 6, 1865

Watercolor, with touches of charcoal, brush and red chalk wash, heightened with white gouache, over graphite on cream wove paper
350 x 265 mm
Inscribed recto, upper left, in graphite: "Bourg en Bresse. 6 Janvier/1865/E. Degas––"

Gift of Tiffany and Margaret Blake, 1949.20

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie, "Degas: Portraitiste, Sculpteur," 1931, cat. 206.

Detroit Institute of Arts, "The French in America," 1951, cat. 190.

Paris, Musée de L’Orangerie, "De David a Toulouse-Lautrec," 1955, cat. 68.

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Master Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago," October 17-November 30, 1963, cat. 102.

New Orleans, La., Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, "Edgar Degas: His Family and Friends in New Orleans," May 2-June 16, 1965, cat. 52, cat. by John Rewald et. al..

The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Quarter Century of Collecting: Drawings Given to The Art Institute of Chicago, 1944-1970 by Margaret Day Blake," April 28-June 7, 1970, n.p., cat. 32 (ill.).

Urbana-Champaign, Ill., Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Drawings from the Collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, April 23–May 14, 1972.

Paris, Musée du Louvre, "Dessins français de l’Art Institute de Chicago de Watteau à Picasso," October 15, 1976-January 17, 1977, n.p., cat. 57 (ill.).

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut, "Französische Zeichnungen aus dem Art Institute of Chicago," February 10-April 10, 1977, pp. 122-123, cat. 58 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 41-42, cat. 13 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

Kunsthaus Zurich, "Degas Portraits," December 2, 1994-March 5, 1995, cat. 80, cat. by Felix Baumann and Marianne Karabelnik et. al.; traveled to the Kunsthalle Tübingen, March 18-June 18, 1995.

New Orleans, La., New Orleans Museum of Art, "Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America," May 1-August 29, 1999, cat. 9; traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, the Ordrupgaard, September 16-November 28, 1999.

Publication History

Paul A. Lemoisne, "Les Degas de la Collection Inédite de M. Marcel Guérin," L’Amour de l’Art, 7 (July 1931), p. 283 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly (September 1952), (ill.).

Jean Sutherland Boggs, "’Mme Musson and Her Two Daughters’ by Degas," Art Quarterly, 19 (Spring 1956), p. 60-64 (ill.).

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Portraits by Degas (Berkeley, 1962), p. 21 (ill.).

Herold Joachim, “Trois siècles de portraits dessinés à l’Art Institute de Chicago,” L’Oeil, 255 (October 1976), p. 8, no. 1 (ill.).

Ian Dunlop, Degas (London, 1979), p. 48-49 (ill.).

Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century 2 (Chicago, 1979), pp. 36-37 no. 2E4.

Philippe Brame and Theodore Reff, Degas et son Oeuvre, A Supplement (New York, 1984), pp. 46-47, no. 43 (ill.).

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Degas (Paris, 1988), fig. 22.

Marilyn R. Brown, "Two New Degas Letters in New Orleans," The Art Bulletin, LXXIII: 2 (June 1991), pp. 313-314.

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas (Chicago, 1996), pp. 18-19, 76 (ill.), and 107, pl. 5.

Ownership History

Estate of the artist [Lugt 657; not included in the atelier sales according to Brame and Reff 1984]. The artist’s nephew, Henri Fèvre, Nice [according to invoice in curatorial file]. Marcel Guérin (died 1948), Paris, by July 1931 [Lemoisne 1931]. Sold by Jacques Seligmann and Company, New York, to the Art Institute, 1949.

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