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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Untitled (self-portrait in library)
Work Type
Probably autumn 1895
Creation Place: Europe, France
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Physical Descriptions
Gelatin silver print
Gelatin silver print
image: 11.9 x 16.7 cm (4 11/16 x 6 9/16 in.)
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, Massachusetts, gift from Agnes Mongan, 1997, sold to Harvard University Art Museums, 1997.
Agnes Mongan, Cambridge, MA, from Paul Sachs?, gift to Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, , 1997.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

"Paul Andre Lemoisne", Harvard Magazine (Cambridge, MA, 1977)

Antoine Terrasse, Degas et la photographie, Editions Denoël (Paris, France, 1983), 82

Eugenia Parry Janis, "Edgar Degas' Photographic Theater", Degas: Form and Space, ed. Maurice Guillaud, Centre Culturel de Marais (Paris, France, 1984), fig. 340

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / National Gallery of Canada (New York, NY and Ottawa, Canada, 1988), frontispiece

Jon Garelick, "Abstract Thoughts: The Transitional and Transcendent Art of Edgar Degas at the Sackler Museum", The Boston Phoenix (August 5 2005), p. 18, p. 18, repr.

"Degas at Harvard", Journal of the Print World (summer 2005), vol. 28, no. 3, p. 26, repr. p. 26

Holland Cotter, "Degas, Director: An Easel Becomes a Stage", The New York Times (August 5 2005), pp. B25, B27, repr. p. B27

Cate McQuaid, "Degas, Intimately", The Boston Globe (August 12, 2005), Weekend section, repr.

Jill DeVonyar and Richard Kendall, Degas and the Art of Japan, exh. cat., Reading Museum / Yale University Press (Reading, PA, 2007), p. 4, fig. 1

Exhibition History

Edgar Degas: the Reluctant Impressionist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/19/1974 - 09/15/1974

Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005

Body Image in French Art and Visual Culture (18th and 19th Centuries), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/23/2016 - 05/08/2016

Subjects and Contexts

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Collection Highlights

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