About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

On the Stage, 1876–77

Pastel and essence over monotype on cream laid paper, laid down on board
592 x 428 mm

Potter Palmer Collection, 1922.423

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Paintings from the Collection of Mrs. Potter Palmer," May-August 1910, n.p., cat. 20.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Century of Progress," June 1-November 1, 1933, p. 41, cat. 281.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Century of Progress," June 1-November 1, 1934, p. 35, cat. 200.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 70-71, cat. 29 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

The Art Institute of Chicago, September 1996-January 1997.

New York, American Federation of Arts "Degas and the Dance," 2002-2003, p. 163, cat. 179, cat. by Jill DeVonyar and Richard Kendall; shown in the Detroit Institute of Arts, October 18-Janaury 12, 2003.

Publication History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report (1921).

Paul-André Lemoisne, "Les Carnets de Degas au Cabinet des Estampes," Gazette des Beaux-Arts 5:3 (1921), p. 227.

"The Potter Palmer Collection of Paintings," The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin XVI:3 (May 19, 1922), p. 39.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Chicago, 1925), p. 133, no. 817.

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

George Slocombe, "Artist as Misanthrope," Coronet 3 (April 1938), p. 26 (ill.).

Life, Articles on Art (1941), p. 213 (ill.).

Charles H. Burkholder, "Potter Palmer and Business Administration," The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin XXXVII:6 (November 1943), p. 85 (ill.).

Paul-André Lemoisne, Degas et son oeuvre II (Paris, 1946), no. 601 (ill.).

Lillian Browse, Degas Dancers (London, 1949), p. 385, no. 143 (ill.).

Daniel Catton Rich, Degas (New York, 1951), pp. 92-93 (ill.).

Charles Fabens O'Kelley, "Chicago: Records Years," Art News 51:4 (June-August 1952), p. 64 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), pp. 120-121.

Giovanni Carandente, Degas: I maestri del colore (Milan, 1966), pls. 14-15.

Eugenia Parry Janis, “The Role of the Monotype in the Working Method of Degas I,” The Burlington Magazine 109:766 (January 1967), fig. 50.

Eugenia Parry Janis, “The Role of the Monotype in the Working Method of Degas II,” The Burlington Magazine 109:767 (February 1967), p. 75.

Eugenia Parry Janis, Degas Monotypes: Essay, Catalogue & Checklist (Cambridge, Mass., 1968), no. 6 (ill.).

Fiorella Minervino, L'opera completa di Degas (Milan 1970), no. 752 (ill.).

Sandra Grung, Supplement to Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1970), p. 27.

Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century 2 (Chicago, 1979), p. 41, no. 2F4.

Richard Brettell, French Impressionists (Chicago, 1987), p. 21, 23, 117 (ill.).

James L. Tyson, "Chicago's Art Institute Turns an Anniversary Into a Reassessment," The Christian Science Monitor (November 23, 1993), p. 14 (ill.).

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas (Chicago, 1996), pp. 31, 83 (ill.), and 108, pl. 12.

Ownership History

Durand-Ruel, Paris. Bertha Honoré Palmer (1850-1918), Chicago, by 1889 [according to museum records]; given to the Art Institute, 1922.




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