Edgar Degas - Evening & Day Editions New York Monday, October 26, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 19th and 20th Century and Contemporary Prints, November 20, 1986, lot 293

  • Literature

    Loys Delteil 65
    Jean Adhémar and Francoise Cachin 63
    Sue Reed & Barbara Shapiro 61
    N.G. Stogdon 16 (6th state)

  • Catalogue Essay

    This impression is printed on an irregular sheet of paper and as Barbara Shapiro states "An interesting use of Degas's use of paper is that he was often quite casual in placing an image on the sheet; sometimes it is placed off-center or tilted with respect to the margins. Also, a number of the prints are on sheets of paper whose decidedly irregular edges suggest that they may have been scraps found in the studio. Apparently Degas regarded these prints as keepsakes or personal records of his exploration of a pictorial idea". p. 258

    Never had such care been taken that one print should differ from another as in France after 1870, nor had the taste for variants been so intense that each proof from a single plate was made into something individual and exceptional. Michael Melot, The Impressionist Print: Degas and his Group, 1994, p. 145

Property from a Private Collection, Detroit


Femme nue debout, à sa toilette (Nude Woman Standing, Drying Herself)

Lithograph, transfer from monotype, crayon, tusche, and scraping, on machine-made laid paper, with large margins (irregular), Reed & Shapiro's fourth state (of six),
I. 13 1/4 x 9 5/8 in. (33.7 x 24.4 cm)
S. 19 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (48.9 x 29.2 cm)

with a pencil signature, one of approximately 20 known impressions of this state, framed.

$40,000 - 60,000 

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 26 October 2015