Three Dancers

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
c. 1872-1874
Essence and gouache on wove paper, mounted on silk 
18-1/4 x 24-1/2 in. (46.4 x 62.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Degas constantly experimented with his materials. In the medium used here, "peinture à l'essence," the artist leaches the excess oil from the oil paints with blotting paper and thins the paint with turpentine, in order to achieve a dry, delicate surface.


Edgar Degas Estate, Paris (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 7 April 1919, lot 11, ill., as Le ballet (trois danseuses), to);
R. Davis.
Jacques-Michel de Zoubaloff, Paris (1879-1955) (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 17 June 1927, lot 115, ill., as Leçon de Danse ou Répétition, to);
[Diéterle, Paris].
Albert Sancholle Henraux (1891-1953), Paris, by 1946.
Private Collection (sale, London, Sotheby's, 29 April 1964, lot 33, color ill., as Le BalletBTrois Danseuses (Leçon de Danse), to);
[Ferber & Maison, London].
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York; stock no. 6101, as Le BalletBTrois Danseuses (Leçon de Danse); sold 29 August 1969 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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