About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

Breakfast after the Bath, 1895/98

Pastel on paper laid down on board
920 x 810 mm

A Millennium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation, 1999.365

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Galerie André Weil, "Degas, peintre du mouvement," June 9-30, 1939, p. 17, cat. 47.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, "Paintings from the Cummings Collection," January 14-March 7, 1965.

Miami, Center for the Fine Arts, "Edgar Degas: The Many Dimensions of a Master French Impressionist," April 1-May 15, 1994, p. 42, cat. 8 (ill.); traveled to the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Miss., May 29-July 31, 1994, and the Dayton Institute of Art, August 12-October 9, 1994.

Laren, The Netherlands, Singer Museum, "The Sara Lee Collection: An Impressionist Legacy," 1997-1998.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Monet to Moore: The Millenium Gift of the Sara Lee Corporation," March 15-May 28, 2000, pp. 28-31, cat. 7 (ill.); traveled to the Singapore Museum of Art, April 1-May 30, 1999, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, June 11-August 22, 1999, The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, September 10-November 7, 1999, and The Portland Art Museum, November 19 1999-January 25, 2000.

Publication History

Henry Hertz, "Degas, Coloriste," L'Amour de l'Art (March 1924), p. 73 (ill.).

Paul-André Lemoisne, Degas et son oeuvre III (Paris, 1946), pp. 700-701, no. 1205 (ill.).

Richard R. Brettell, An Impressionist Legacy: The Collection of the Sara Lee Corporation (New York, 1986), pp. 52-55 (ill.).

Richard R. Brettell, Monet to Moore: The Millenium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation (New Haven, 1999), pp. 28-31, no. 7 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, Treasures from The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 2000), p. 223 (ill.).

Ownership History

Estate of the artist; sold, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 11-13, 1918, Degas sale, lot 176. Charles Comiot (died 1945), Paris, by June 1939 [Paris 1939]. Nathan Cummings (died 1985), Chicago, by 1965 [Minneapolis 1965]. Allan H. Cummings, Palm Beach, Fla., to November 1987; sold, Sotheby’s, New York, November 11, 1987, lot 33, to the Sara Lee Corporation; given to the Art Institute, 1999.

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