Edgar Degas

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Edgar Degas
1834-1917
Two Studies of a Ballet Dancer
Brush and brown ink, heightened with white, on pink paper (altered color); ruled line in black chalk at left partially erased by white chalk.
16 1/16 x 11 1/16 inches (409 x 282 mm); frame: 25 x 18 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches
Bequest of John S. Thacher.
1985.40

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Inscription: 
Stamped in red ink at lower right corner, "Degas"; inscribed in black chalk at upper right, now erased, "[a.g.?]".
Provenance: 
The artist's atelier (Lugt 658); his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 7-9 April 1919, lot 132, repr.; Marcel Guérin, Paris; John S. Thacher, Washington, D.C.
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Watermark: none visible through lining.
This is a preparatory study for Degas's painting "La répétition au foyer de la danse", now in a private collection, Washington, D.C.

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