From the Catalogue:
This masterful gum bichromate print is one of a suite of photographs of dancers the French photographer Robert Demachy began in 1900. According to Demachy authority Julien Faure-Conorton, the photographer received an overwhelmingly positive response to the first photograph of young dancers he exhibited at the London Photographic Salon in 1900. Encouraged by this reaction, and by the fact that Alfred Stieglitz purchased the print, Demachy began a series of images of dancers that became increasingly more accomplished. The image offered here, Dans les Coulisses, was first exhibited in Demachy’s studio in May of 1904 in a show of recent gum prints.
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: 18, Rue François 1er' studio credit stamp, titled and annotated in ink (crossed out in pencil) and annotated in pencil on the reverse of the mount.
Collection of direct descendants of the artist
Sotheby's, London, 2 May 1996, lot 110