About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

The Star, 1879/81

Pastel on cream wove paper, edge mounted on board
733 x 574 mm
Signed recto, lower right, in brown patel: "Degas"

Bequest of Mrs. Diego Suarez, 1980.414

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, "Degas," April 12-May 2, 1924, cat. 152.

Paris, Bernheim-Jeune and Co., "Cent ans de Théâtre," May 1936, cat. 28.

Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie, "Degas," March-April 1937, cat. 113.

New York, Carroll Carstairs, "The 1870s in France," 1938.

New York, Jacques Seligmann Gallery, "The Stage," April 3-22, 1939, cat. 18.

New York, "Masterpieces of Art: Exhibition at the New York’s World’s Fair," 1939.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, "Works by Edgar Degas," February 5-March 9, 1947, cat. 37.

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "A Loan Exhibition of Degas for the Benefit of the New York Infirmary," 1949, cat. 52.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Exhibition of Works by Edgar Degas," 1958.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 94-95, cat. 41 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas: At the Track, On the Stage", July 1, 2015-February 26, 2016, no cat.

Publication History

Alfred Frankfurter, "Panorama of a Great Decade: The 1870s," Art News (December 3, 1938), p. 11 (ill.).

Connoisseurs of the World: Being an International Biographical Dictionary of Connoisseurs, Collectors, and Patrons of Art (London, 1943), p. 82.

Denis Rouart, Degas, à la Recherche de sa Technique (Paris, 1945), p. 17.

P. A. Lemoisne, Degas et son Oeuvre (Paris, 1946), no. 598 (ill.).

Lillian Browse, Degas’s Dancers (London, 1949), no. 58.

Fiorella Minervino and Franco Russoli, L’opera completa di Degas (Milan, 1970), no. 751 (ill.).

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas (Chicago, 1996), pp. 45-46, 49 (ill. detail), 92 (ill.), and 109, pl. 21.

Ownership History

Private collection, Paris, [Browse, 1949]; sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 1919, lot 76. Roger G. Gompel, by 1924-at least 1937 [Paris 1924; Paris 1937]. Cesar de Hauke, New York [Lemoisne 1946]. Jacques Seligmann and Company, New York [Lemoisne 1946]. Mr. and Mrs. Diego Suarez, New York, by 1939 [old label removed and now in curatorial file]; bequeathed by Mrs Diego Suarez to the Art Institute, 1980.

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