The Abduction of the Sabine Women (after Nicolas Poussin)

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
c. 1861-1862
Oil on canvas 
59-1/8 x 81-1/2 in. (150.18 x 207.01 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

"The masters must be copied over and over again," Degas said, "and it is only after proving yourself a good copyist that you should reasonably be permitted to draw a radish from nature." Degas first received permission to copy paintings at the Louvre in 1853 when he was eighteen. He was most interested in the great works of the Italian Renaissance and of his own classical French heritage, hence this detailed copy of Poussin's painting.


Henri Rouart (1833-1912), Paris by 1907 (sale, Paris, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, 9-11 December 1912, lot 180, ill., as L'Enlèvement des Sabines, D'après Le Poussin, for Ff 55,000, to);
Rouart, by inheritance to;
Mme. Helen (Eugène) Marin, née Rouart, (d. 1929) Paris, by inheritance to her daughter;
Mme. Bricka, Montpellier, by 1937, presumably still in 1946.
[?Leonardo] Benatov, Paris.
Huntington Hartford, New York, sold 1958 to;
[E.V. Thaw & Co., New York, owned jointly with Stephen Hahn, New York, sold 3 May1978 to];
Norton Simon, gift 1983 to;
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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