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Edgar Degas

Préparation à la quatrième, 1880

Charcoal with pastel
12 1/8 × 9 3/4 in
30.8 × 24.8 cm
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Jill Newhouse Gallery
New York
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A certificate from Brame & Lorenceau, dated May 11, 2010, confirming the authenticity of this …

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A certificate from Brame & Lorenceau, dated May 11, 2010, confirming the authenticity of this work, accompanies this drawing.

Degas was a serious student of ballet, spending hours in the rehearsal rooms of the Opera taking notes on foot and arm positions as well as poise and technique. Drawings he did in the …

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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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Signed and inscribed lower right; Titled upper right
Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917
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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.

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Jill Newhouse Gallery
New York
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A certificate from Brame & Lorenceau, dated May 11, 2010, confirming the authenticity of this …

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A certificate from Brame & Lorenceau, dated May 11, 2010, confirming the authenticity of this work, accompanies this drawing.

Degas was a serious student of ballet, spending hours in the rehearsal rooms of the Opera taking notes on foot and arm positions as well as poise and technique. Drawings he did in the …

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Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Signed and inscribed lower right; Titled upper right
Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917
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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.

Edgar Degas

Préparation à la quatrième, 1880

Charcoal with pastel
12 1/8 × 9 3/4 in
30.8 × 24.8 cm
This is a unique work.
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location
New York
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