Portrait of Madame Dietz-Monnin

Portrait of Madame Dietz-Monnin
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
Pastel on brown paper 
18-1/2 x 12-1/4 in. (47 x 31.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Degas did not accept portrait commissions as a rule, restricting his practice in this genre to members of his family and intimate acquaintances. This rapid, vigorous study for the portrait of an industrialist’s wife (today in the Art Institute of Chicago) was an important—and ill-fated—exception. The artist’s correspondence with his sitter indicates how quickly he soured on the project. “Let us leave this portrait alone, I beg of you,” he wrote, “I was so surprised by your letter suggesting that I reduce it to a boa and a hat that I shall not answer you... Must I tell you that I regret having started something in my own manner only to find myself transforming it completely into yours?”


Henri Rouart (1833-1912), Paris (sale, Paris, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, 16-18 December 1912, lot 77, as Portrait de Madame X, for Ff. 29,000 to);
Lerolle (father-in-law of Alexis Rouart, who was Henri Rouart’s brother);
Mme. Helen (Eugène) Marin, née Rouart, Paris, in 1924, by inheritance (?) to;
Henri Marin, Paris, in 1937.
Edith Dunn (Mrs. Alfred Chester) Beatty, London, by 1946, by inheritance to;
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), London and Dublin, sold 16 March 1955 to;
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, stock no. 5597, sold 30 January 1957 to];
Norton Simon, gift 1976 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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