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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Half-Length Study of a Woman
Work Type
c. 1890
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Physical Descriptions
Charcoal and pastel on blue-gray wove paper
57.5 x 50.8 cm (22 5/8 x 20 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Black crayon, l.r.: Degas
  • inscription: l.r., crayon, signed, in artist's hand: Degas
Atelier Degas, sold [through Vente II, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 11-13, 1918, no. 126]. Paul Rosenberg. Paul J. Sachs. [Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York] to; Fogg Art Museum, 1940 [in exchange]
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Arthur Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Carol Rothschild, "Recent Museum Acquisitions", Parnassus, College Art Association of America (May 1940), Vol. 12, No. 5, pp. 46-50, 56, p. 48

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 671, fig. 347

Paul André Lemoisne, Degas et son Oeuvre, Paul Brame and Cesar M. de Hauke (Paris, France, 1946-1949), vol. III, no. 798, repr.

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Portraits by Degas, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA, 1962), pl. 131

Franco Russoli and Fiorella Minervino, L'opera completa di Degas, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, Italy, 1970), fig. 627

Pia Desantis, "Study of the Five Degas Pastels in the Fogg Art Museum" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, July 1985), Unpublished, pp. 1-94 passim

Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge and New Haven, 2005), cat. no. 24, fig. 32 (color), pp. 64, 75 note 116

Catalogue des tableaux, pastels et dessins par Edgar Degas et provenant de son atelier 2e vente, December 11-13, 1918, auct. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, December 11 - December 13, 1918), no. 126

Hannelore Fischer and Alexandra von dem Knesebeck, "Paris bezauberte mich..." Käthe Kollwitz und die französische Moderne, exh. cat., Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln (Cologne, 2010), p. 125, repr. p. 125 as pl. 121

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Drawings by Degas, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 10/27/1930 - 11/15/1930

Degas, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/09/1931 - 05/30/1931

Drawings by Degas, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/01/1932 - 12/31/1932

Edgar Degas: Paintings, Drawings, Pastels, Sculpture, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 11/28/1933 - 12/18/1933

Nineteenth-Century French Paintings (?), Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, 11/17/1942 - 12/08/1942

Edgar Degas Bronzes, Drawings, Pastels, Buchholz Gallery, New York, 01/03/1945 - 01/27/1945

Drawings by Degas, Farnsworth Art Museum (now Davis Museum and Cultural Center), Wellesley, 02/16/1946 - 03/10/1946

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

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