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Study of a Ballet Dancer ’dégagée en quatrième ouverte’

Study of a Ballet Dancer ’dégagée en quatrième ouverte’

Edgar Degas (in 1885)

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  • Kirin asked

    I am inquiring about a piece of art done by edgar degas. It is a dancer in form exacuting "Tendu a la Seconde", 1885. Sketch done by what looks like charcoal. What is the current value, location and history of this piece? Do you know if thwre are other works with dancer in this exact form by degas?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi, is your question about the chalk drawing in our collection? You can read more about the history of the piece under 'specifications' but I cannot tell you a lot more. Its been in a longterm loan to the museum since 1940, and we don't track the current value of each artwork. All best, Lisa


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Degas is best known for his depictions of theatre scenes. He recorded the swift movements and colourful costumes in numerous chalk drawings and pastels. Girls in the ballet studio and in the theatre were among his favourite subjects. This dance position is known as ‘dégagée en quatrième ouverte’.

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Title Study of a Ballet Dancer ’dégagée en quatrième ouverte’
Material and technique Black chalk
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 329 mm
Width 231 mm
Artists Draughtsman: Edgar Degas
Accession number F II 131 (PK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in 1885
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
De Collectie Twee - wissel III, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
External exhibitions Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement (2011)
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Edgar Degas

Parijs 1834 - Parijs 1917

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris in 1855. He took a number of study trips to Italy and initially painted mainly...

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