Edgar Degas

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Edgar Degas
1834-1917
Landscape with Path Leading to a Copse of Trees
ca. 1890-1892
Pastel and oil paint over monotype in oil paint on laid paper.
10 5/8 x 14 1/8 inches (271 x 358 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2017.59
Inscription: 

Signed and inscribed in charcoal at lower right, à M. Charpentier / Degas. On reverse of board, in blue chalk, D8315.

Provenance: 
Gift of the artist to Georges Charpentier, Paris; Ambroise Vollard, Paris, by ca. 1905; Galerie Paul Pétridès, Paris; private collection, Tokyo; acquired from Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, London, 2008.
Bibliography: 

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.

Notes: 

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.

Associated names: 

Charpentier, Georges, former owner.
Vollard, Ambroise, 1867-1939, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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