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Dancer, Seen from Behind (Danseuse vue de dos)

ca. 1878-1881
19 3/16 x 11 11/16 in. (48.7 x 29.7 cm)

Edgar Degas
France (1834 - 1917)

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Black chalk and pastel on faded blue laid paper, laid down to two more sheets
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Accession Number: 1987.65
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: Lockhart Collection

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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Family Guide: Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion Family Guide to accompany MAG's exhibition Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion, October 13, 2002—January 5, 2003. Includes at-home activities for children.
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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