Mademoiselle Bécat at the Café Ambassadeurs
13 7/16 x 10 3/4 in. (34.1 x 27.3 cm)
(1834 - 1917)
Medium and Support:
Lithograph on wove paper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Location: Not currently on view
Edgar Degas lived in Montmartre, a lively area of Paris that was filled with cafés, music halls, and theaters. Degas, who was a great patron of these entertainment venues, made four lithographs of the well-known singer Emélie Bécat, shown here in a performance at the café Ambassadeurs.
In order to emphasize the stark contrasts of such dramatic night scenes, Degas began by blackening the printing plate completely with ink; he then extracted light-struck forms such as the gas lamps, fireworks, and moonlight seen in this lithograph.
[Label copy from Monet: Vision and Process exhibition, 2018]
Cited in Loys Delteil's "Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré, v.9: Edgar Degas," repr. New York: Collectors Editions,1969, no. 49; Jean Adhémar and Françoise Cachin's "Edgar Degas: Gravures et monotypes," Paris, Arts et metiers graphiques, 1973, and "Degas: The Complete Etchings, Lithographs and Monotypes," New York, 1974, no. 42; Sue Walsh Reed and Barbara Stern Shapiro, "Edgar Degas: The Painter as Printmaker," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1984: 31
Numbers inscribed and erased in graphite at lower right in margin, now illegible
Edgar Degas; his sale, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Paris, November 22-23, 1918 [lots 115-128 were fourteen proofs of this print]; Charles Brown Eddy (1872-1951), Plainfield, NJ; Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr., Geneseo, New York; their gift to the Gallery in 1981
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This object has the following bibliographic references:
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.
Article Scope: Mention.
Magnum Opus: The Story of the Memorial Art Gallery, 1913-1988.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 1988.
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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