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A landscape showing a pathway leading into a forest

Smudged and brushed ink on off white paper depicts an abstract landscape. Roughly the top third of the sheet is given to the sky, depicted in pale white brushstrokes, barely visible against the paper. An area of dense foliage in dark olive smudges occupies the middle of the sheet in a wedge shape that grows wider from left to right. Along the bottom, bright green indicates a grassy field, and from it a light tan triangle narrowing up and to the left leads into the forest.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
The Road in the Forest
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La route dans la forêt
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Monotype in oil
sheet: 30 x 40 cm (11 13/16 x 15 3/4 in.)
Plate: 30 x 40 cm (11 13/16 x 15 3/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Maurice Exteens, 1958. [Paul Brame and César de Hauke, Paris]. Sir Robert Henry Edward Abdy, London, by descent; to Sir Valentine Robert Duff Abdy, Paris. [La Galerie de L’oeil, Paris]. [E.V. Thaw & Co., New York]. [R. M. Light and Co., Boston, 1968]. Philip and Frances Hofer, Boston; Frances Hofer bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1978.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Adhémar and Cachin 195, Janis 292

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Jean Adhémar and Françoise Cachin, Degas: The Complete Etchings, Lithographs, and Monotypes, Viking Press (New York, 1973), p. 280, cat. 195, repr.
  • Christine Temin, "Degas Show at Harvard gives Insight into Cuno", Chicago Tribune (September 4 2005)
  • Jodi Hauptman, Degas: A Strange New Beauty, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2016), p. 184, cat. no. 130, pl. 130
  • Sarah Lees and Richard R. Brettell, Innovative Impressions: Prints by Cassatt, Degas, and Pissarro, exh. cat., Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa, 2018), p. 83, fig. 93

Exhibition History

  • Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005
  • Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 03/22/2016 - 07/24/2016

Subjects and Contexts

  • Collection Highlights
  • Google Art Project

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