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An abstract seaside landscape with rock formations

Washes of smudged color on light tan paper suggest natural features of a shoreline seen from a rocky precipice. An area of greenish blue with dark smudges occupies the upper right corner, bordered below by a light sand colored strip which widens and extends to the upper left and middle left. Smudged brown and rust colored forms dominate the lower right corner, and from it, a burnt orange shape juts into the sand, with dark threadlike lines on top that suggest waving grasses.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Paysage, Cove in a Canyon
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Monotype in oil
plate: 29.2 x 39.4 cm (11 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.)
framed: 48.7 x 58.7 x 5.6 cm (19 3/16 x 23 1/8 x 2 3/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Maurice Exteens. [Paul Brame and César M. de Hauke], sold; to Phyllis Lambert, Montreal, 1958. Martha Beck, sold; to Emily Rauh Pulitzer, partial gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2005.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Adhémar and Cachin 190; Janis 309

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Partial and promised gift of Emily Rauh Pulitzer in honor of Marjorie B. Cohn
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. 190, repr.
  • Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / National Gallery of Canada (New York, NY and Ottawa, Canada, 1988), p. 506, cat. no. 301, repr. p. 506.
  • Jodi Hauptman, Degas: A Strange New Beauty, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2016), p. 187, cat. no. 133, pl. 133
  • Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), p. 60, repr. p. 60 as fig. 19

Exhibition History

  • Degas Monotypes, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1968 - 06/14/1968
  • 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 at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005
  • Edgar Degas: The Last Landscapes Views of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in Context, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, 10/13/2006 - 01/21/2007
  • Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 03/22/2016 - 07/24/2016
  • Impressionism and Beyond, Saint Louis Art Museum, 01/28/2022 - 07/31/2022

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