About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

Two Dancers, c. 1893–98

Pasteland charcoal, with stumping and burnishing, on tracing paper, pieced and laid down on cardboard
705 x 536 mm
Inscribed recto, lower right, in charcoal: "Degas"

Gift of Col. Robert R. McCormick to the Amy McCormick Memorial Collection, 1942.458

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 173-175, cat. 83 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

London, National Gallery, "Degas: Beyond Impressionism," May 22-August 26, 1996, pp. 264-265, cat. 77 (ill.), cat. by Richard Kendall; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, September 28, 1996-January 5, 1997.

Publication History

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

P. A. Lemoisne, Degas et son Oeuvre 3 (Paris, 1946-1948), no. 1017 (ill.).

Lillian Browse, Degas Dancers (London, 1949), p. 404, no. 211 (ill.).

Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago; A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 121.

Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century 2 (Chicago, 1979), p. 44, no. 2G5.

Richard Brettell, French Impressionists (Chicago, 1987), pp. 97, 99, and 117 (ill.).

Richard Kendall, Degas Beyond Impressionism (London, 1996), no. 77 (ill.).

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas (Chicago, 1996), pp. 57, 102 (ill.), and 110, pl. 31.

Richard Norton Smith, The Colonel; The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick (Boston, 1997), p. 262.

Joseph Czestochowski, Edgar Degas: The Complete Sculptures (2002).

Ownership History

Estate of the artist; sold, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, May 4-5, 1918, first Degas estate sale, lot 129. Trotti, Paris [Lemoisne 1946]. Durand-Ruel, New York [Lemoisne 1946]. Amy McCormick (1880-1939), Chicago, by 1932 [Smith 1997]; by descdent to her husband, Col. Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), Chicago; given to the Art Institute, 1942.

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