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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Pauline and Virginie Conversing with Admirers
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: La Famille Cardinal
Original Language Title: Pauline et Virginie Cardinal bavardant avec des admirateurs
Work Type
c. 1880 - 1883
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Physical Descriptions
plate: 21.5 x 16.1 cm (8 7/16 x 6 5/16 in.)
Sheet: 28.7 x 19.1 cm (11 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: degas
  • stamp: below plate, right edge, gray ink, relief stamp: degas
Hilarie-Germain-Edgar Degas, sold; [through Vente d'Estampes, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Paris, part of lot no. 201, November 23, 1918]. [Lair-Dubreuil, Paris, 1928], sold; to Paul J. Sachs, New York, NY, 1928, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Adhémar and Cachin 66; Janis 218
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Agnes Mongan, Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965]: given and bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1965), cat. no. 97, repr.

Jean Adhémar and Françoise Cachin, Degas: The Complete Etchings, Lithographs, and Monotypes, Viking Press (New York, 1973), p. 273, cat. 66, repr.

Philippe Lannes de Montebello and Jan Fontein, The Painterly Print: Monotypes from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century, exh. cat., Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1980), pp. 109-111, cat. no. 30, repr. p. 110

Marilyn Brown, Degas and the business of art: a cotton office in New Orleans, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, Pa, 1994), repr. as fig. 41 on pg. 132

Hanne Finsen and Richard Kendall, Degas Intime, exh. cat., Ordupgaard (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1994), cat. no. 29

Richard Kendall, Degas and the Little Dancer, exh. cat., Yale University Press/Joslyn Art Museum (New Haven, CT & London, England & Omaha, NE, 1998), pp. 21, 23, cat. no. 6

Pamela N. Koob, Edward Hopper's New York, exh. cat., Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery (1998), p. 13, fig. 9

Jill DeVonyar and Richard Kendall, Degas and the Dance, exh. cat., American Federation of Arts/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 2002), pp. 62, 65, 291; fig. 66

Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, February 4 2008), p. 49

Annette Dixon, The Dancer: Degas, Forain, Toulouse-Lautrec, exh. cat., Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, 2008), p. 45, fig. 5

Jodi Hauptman, Degas: A Strange New Beauty, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2016), pp. 48, 50-51, cat. no. 77, pl. 77

Henri Loyrette, Degas at the Opéra, exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay (Paris, 2019), p. 265, cat. no 283, repr. p. 268 as fig. 283

Exhibition History

Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965] Given and Bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/15/1965 - 01/15/1966; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 12/19/1966 - 02/26/1967

Degas, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 02/09/1988 - 05/16/1988; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 06/16/1988 - 08/28/1988; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 09/27/1988 - 01/08/1989

Degas Monotypes, Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen, 10/14/1994 - 12/31/1994

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

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 03/22/2016 - 07/24/2016

Degas at the Opera, National Gallery of Art, Landover, 03/01/2020 - 10/12/2020

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