Edgar Degas c. 1890s also known as Modiste garnissant un chapeau (Milliner trimming a hat)

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charcoal on paper
44.5 x 55.6 cm

Galerie Georges Petit, 3ème Vente Atelier Edgar Degas, Paris, 5th April 1919, Lot 400 Christie’s, New York, 14th November 1996, Lot 130 Private collection Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Day Sale, London, 24 June 2014, Lot 395

Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis USA and Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Legion of Honor, USA, ‘Degas, Impressionism & the Paris Millinery Trade’, 14th May – 24 September 2017 

Edgar Degas was a prodigious draughtsman. Modiste garnissant un chapeau exemplifies his talent for capturing the elegance of a gesture and the beauty in a fleeing pose. His drawings, pastels and oils were regularly exhibited together at the Impressionist exhibitions. This work captures the graceful movements of a milliner leaning over her client, trimming a broad-brimmed hat. Degas’ series of images of millinery shops appeared in the 1880s. He would frequently accompany friends to their appointments, entranced by the delicate work of the milliner’s hands as they trimmed hats with colourful feathers and sumptuous materials. This magnificent work may have been a preparatory drawing for the 1891-95 pastel of the same title. The latter was acquired from the artist’s studio sale by Ambroise Vollard, the most important French art dealer of the early twentieth century.

Price: $175000.00

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