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Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 77.
Degas and America, High Museum, Atlanta, and Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2001.
From Mantegna to Picasso: Drawings from the Thaw Collection at The Pierpont Morgan Library, Royal Academy, London, 1997, no. 72.
Using dark washes of thinned oil paint to throw the figure into relief, Degas expertly appropriated the tone of the paper itself to highlight the dancer's back. This sheet is one of five surviving studies related to the artist's canvas Dance Class at the Opéra on the Rue le Peletier (1872; Musée d'Orsay, Paris). Typical of Degas's dynamic working method, the figure does not correspond exactly to her appearance in the final painting. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"
Gas, René, former owner.
Brown, John Nicholas, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.