Signed and inscribed in charcoal at lower right, à M. Charpentier / Degas. On reverse of board, in blue chalk, D8315.
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 89, repr.
The Thaw collection of master drawings : acquisitions since 2002. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2009, no. 44, repr.
In the early 1890s, when Degas's work became increasingly less naturalistic, he produced a series of pure landscapes that freely interpret the scenery he encountered on his way to visit the painter and printmaker Georges Jeanniot (1846-1934) n the village of Diénay, near Dijon. There Degas produced about fifty monotypes, many of which were subsequently elaborated with oil paint and pastel. The group was shown by Durand-Ruel in Paris in 1892.
For the present monotype, Degas prepared a metal plate with a layer of thinned salmon-colored oil paint and roughly indicated elements of the landscape with a brush. He ran the plate through a press, producing a print. He completed the print with vigorous strokes of paint and an extensive layer of wet and dry pastel to achieve exceptionally atmospheric results.
Charpentier, Georges, former owner.
Vollard, Ambroise, 1867-1939, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.