Edgar Degas, ‘Portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart’, ca. 1904, Trinity House Paintings

Brame & Lorenceau has confirmed the authenticity of this work

Signature: Stamped signature lower left

P.-A. Lemoisne, , Vol. III, Paris, 1946, no. 1441, illustrated p. 821 (with the measurements 100 x 100 cm);
F. Russoli & F. Minervino, , Milan, 1970, mentioned p. 139;
(exhibition catalogue), Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada, Ottawa; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988-9, mentioned p. 485.

Sommer Collection, Paris;
Galerie Royale, J. Breckpot, Brussels, 1924;
Cleomir Jussiant Collection, Antwerp;
Private Collection, Europe.

About Edgar Degas

Though he rejected the label, Edgar Degas contributed significantly to Impressionism with his depictions of fleeting moments and images of modern Parisian life—in theaters, cafés, and, most iconically, ballet studios. “It is much better to draw what you can't see anymore but is in your memory,” he said. “You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.” Degas was trained in a traditional academic style, which is particularly evident in the classical subjects of his early works, and he was a master draftsman and capturer of emotions. As his practice evolved, he developed a profound interest in the poses and physicality of ballet, producing approximately 1,500 depictions of dancers over the course of his career. Like many of his contemporaries, Degas was influenced by Japanese prints, which inspired him to experiment with asymmetrical compositions and unusual vantage points. He also worked in a wide range of mediums and techniques, and was particularly known for his use of pastel to depict the figure with an almost sculptural solidity.

French, 1834-1917, Paris, France, based in Paris, France