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Dancer, Seen from Behind (Danseuse vue de dos)
19 3/16 x 11 11/16 in. (48.7 x 29.7 cm)
(1834 - 1917)
Medium and Support:
Black chalk and pastel on faded blue laid paper, laid down to two more sheets
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Location: Not currently on view
Often called “the painter of modern life,” Edgar Degas filled his canvases with images from the vibrant world of performance and spectacle in the clubs and theaters of Paris during the latter part of the 1800s. Ballet dancers appealed to Degas as a pictorial subject for two key reasons: they represented modern subjects, and they offered female bodies that could be naturally observed in a host of complicated poses. Drawing from innumerable studies, he created light-filled images that represent the essence of natural movement.
Dancer, Seen from Behind is a study for a figure in the far right of Dancers in the Rehearsal Room, with a Double Bass, which is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
[Label copy from Monet: Vision and Process exhibition, 2018]
Edgar Degas; his second atelier sale, December 11-13, 1918, lot 176; Joseph Hessel, Paris (dealer); Jules Strauss, Paris; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 15, 1932, lot 11; purchased at that sale by [ ] Mattei, Paris; his sale, [Hôtel Drouot?] March 19, 1943, lot 28; Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr., Geneseo, New York; their gift to the Gallery in 1987
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Article Scope: Entry and reproduction.
Candace J. Adelson, ed.
For the Enjoyment of Art: Gifts of Dr. and Mrs. James Lockhart, Jr..
Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 1995.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Article Author: Dumas, Ann.
Article Title: Dancer Seen from Behind by Edgar Degas: A Classical Drawing by a Master of Moder.
Article Scope: Article and reproduction.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery
Volume Number: 17-19
Issue Date: 1994-96.
Page Number: cover, 20-25
Magnum Opus: The Story of the Memorial Art Gallery, 1913-1988.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 1988.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 2000--.
Degas et son oeuvre.
Paris, France: P. Brame, 1947.
Nancy E. Green.
For the Enjoyment of Art: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr. at the Memorial Art Gallery.
Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1996.
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