About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

Dancer Bending Forward, 1874/79

Charcoal with stumping, heightened with white and yellow pastel with stumping, on blue laid paper ruled with charcoal
462 x 304 mm
Signed recto, lower right, in black chalk: "Degas"

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1230

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. 862.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Drawings: Old and New," 1946, p. 12, cat. 12, pl. XV.

Washington D.C., Phillips Memorial Gallery, "Drawings and Pastels by Edgar Degas," March 30-April 30, 1947, cat. 12.

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Master Drawings from the Art Institute of Chicago," October 17-November 30, 1963, n.p., cat. 104.

New Orleans, Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, "Edgar Degas: His Family and Friends in New Orleans," 1965, cat. 6 (ill.).

Northampton, Mass., Smith College Museum of Art, "Degas and The Dance," April 5-May 27, 1979, cat. 17 (ill.)

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 61-62, cat. 25 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

London, Royal Academy of Arts, "Degas and the Ballet, Picturing Movement", September 17 - December 11, 2011, pp. 116,117, cat. 41, cat. by Richard Kendall and Jill Devonyar.

Publication History

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

Lillian Browse, Degas Dancers (London, 1949), p. 398, no. 191 (ill.).

Dedorah Johnson, French Watercolor and Drawings from the Museum's Collection (Providence, R.I., 1975), pp. 46-47.

Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century 2 (Chicago, 1979), p. 43, no. 2F11.

Sandy Brooke, Hooked on Drawing (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1996), p. 147 (ill.).

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas (Chicago, 1996), pp. 46, 93 (ill.), and 109, pl. 22.

Sandy Brooke, Drawing as Expression, Concepts and Techniques (Englewood Cliffs, 2002), p. 8(ill.).

Angela Wenzel, Adventures in Art: Degas-Zauber Des Tanzes (Prestel Verlag, 2002).

Ownership History

Estate of the artist; sold, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 6-8, 1918, First Degas estate sale, lot 376. Joseph Hessel, Paris, April 1920 [Chicago 1984]. Martin Ryerson (1856-1932), Chicago, by 1921; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.

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