About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

Woman at Her Toilette, 1900/05

Pastel on tracing paper
750 x 725 mm
Signed lower left, in red: "Degas"

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.1033

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, "Degas," 1937, cat. 165, pl. 27.

Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Museum of Art, "Paintings by French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists," November 4-December 13, 1937.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 184-185, cat. 89 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

London, National Gallery, "Degas: Beyond Impressionism," May 22-August 26, 1996, pp. 251 and 302, cat. 66 (ill.), cat. by Richard Kendall; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, September 28, 1996-January 5, 1997.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Undressed: The Fashion of Privacy", June 22-September 29, 2013

Publication History

J. B. Manson, Life and Works of Edgar Degas (London, 1927), p. 47.

George Slocombe, "Artist and Misanthrope," Coronet 3 (April 1938), p. 21 (ill.).

P. A. Lemoisne, Degas et son oeuvre 3 (Paris, 1946), p. 816-817, no. 1426 (ill.).

Daniel Catton Rich, Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas (New York, 1951), pp. 124-125 (ill.).

Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), pp. 122 and 285 (ill.).

El Mundo de los Museos, The Art Institute of Chicago (Madrid, 1967), p. 57 (ill.).

Alfred Werner, Degas: Pastels (New York, 1968), p. 82, no. 32 (ill.).

William Gaunt, Impressionism: A Visual History (New York, 1970), pp. 188-189, pl. 67.

Sandra Grung, Supplement to Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 1971), p. 28.

Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century 2 (Chicago, 1979), pp. 45-46, no. 2G10.

Michael Edward Shapiro, "Three Late Works by Edgar Degas," Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 8 (1982), pp. 12-16 (ill.).

Lois Fichner-Rathus, Understanding Art (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1986), p. 70, fig. 3-7.

Degas, exh. cat. (Paris, 1988), p. 597, fig. 333.

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas (Chicago, 1996), pp. 65, 67 (ill. detail), 105 (ill.), and 111, pl. 34.

Joseph Czestochowski and Anne Pingeot, Degas Sculptures: Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes, exh. cat. (Memphis, 2002), pp. 45-46, fig. 11.

George T.M. Shackelford, Xavier Rey, et. al. " Degas and The Nude" (Boston, 2011-2012), pp. 218-219,
fig. 241

Nicholas Wadley, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing (Lawrence King Ltd., 1991), p. 115 (ill.).

Ownership History

Estate of the artist; sold, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 6-8, 1918, lot 127. Georges Bernheim, Paris, April 1920 [registrar documentation]. Paul Rosenberg, Paris [Lemoisne 1946]. Martin Ryerson (1856-1932), by November 17, 1920 [invoice]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1937.

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