About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

Dancer Stretching at the Bar, 1877/80

Pastel with estompe on cream laid paper
318 x 240 mm
Signed recto, lower right, in red pastel: "Degas"

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1229

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Minneapolis, Minn., The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, " Exhibition of Modern Frnch Paintings," November 1921-January 1922.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Century of Progress Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture" June 1- November 1, 1933, p. 90, cat. 860.

Northampton, Mass., Smith College Museum of Art, "Degas and The Dance," April 5-May 27, 1979, cat. 16 (ill.)

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 90-91, cat. 39 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

Dayton, Ohio, The Dayton Art Institute, "Edgar Degas: Exploring Diminsions," August 12-October 9, 1994.

Omaha, Neb., Joslyn Art Museum, "Degas and the Little Dancer," February 7-May 3, 1998, p. 150, pl. 14, cat. by Richard Kendall, et. al.; traveled to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; and the the Baltimore Museum of Art, October 4, 1998-January 3, 1999.

Vienna, Albertina, "Impressionism: Pastels, Watercolors, Drawings", February 9 - May 13, 2012, p. 114, 146, pl. 63, cat. by Christopher Lloyd.

Publication History

Camille Mauclair, Edgar Degas, Revue de l'art (November 1903), p. 381 (ill.).

Paul Jamot, Degas (Paris, 1924), p. 34.

J.B. Manson, The Life and Work of Edgar Degas (London, 1927).

Richard Kendall, Degas and the Little Dancer, no. 14 (ill.).

Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century 2 (Chicago, 1979), pp. 41-42, no. 2F6.

Ownership History

Jacques Doucet (1853-1929), Paris [invoice]; sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, December 28, 1917, lot 73 (ill.). Sold by Georges Bernheim, Paris, to Martin Ryerson (1856-1932), Chicago, April 14, 1920 [invoice]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.

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