Fan: Dancers on the Stage
c. 1879
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
Not on View

Clearly influenced by Japanese art and fashion, the fan motif was adopted by many of the Impressionist painters. Degas' oeuvre includes twenty-five fans; many were completed in anticipation of the 1879 Indépendents exhibition, which had a room dedicated solely to fans. Ultimately, Degas had five fans in the exhibition.


  • Artist Name: Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
  • Title: Fan: Dancers on the Stage
  • Date: c. 1879
  • Medium: Pastel with ink and wash on paper
  • Dimensions: comp: 13-7/8 x 24-1/4 in. (35.2 x 61.6 cm); mount: 15-7/8 x 25-1/4 in. (40.3 x 64.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1978.27.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

[Martin & Camentron, Paris, sold for f. 1,500 on 12 January 1901 to];
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, stock no. 6190, sold for f. 10,000 on 20 May 1911 to];
Gustave Pellet, Paris, by inheritance to;
Maurice Exsteens, Paris, by 1933 – still in 1952.
Private collection, London.
(sale, London, Sotheby’s, 28 June 1972, lot 25d, as Danseuses sur la Scène);
[Galerie Beyeler, Basel, offered 19 July 1978 and subsequently sold 2 November 1978 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Exposition du Pastel Français du XVII Siècle à nos jours, Au profit des Cercles Rosnard et Henri Heine

  • Paris, Galerie A.J. Seligmann, 1933-11-18 to 1933-12-09

Danse et Divertissements

  • Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 1948 to 1949


  • Kunstmuseum Bern, 1951-11-25 to 1952-01-13

Edgar Degas

  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1952 to

Petits formats

  • Galerie Beyeler, 1978-05 to 1978-07

[on loan]

  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1978-08-30 to 1979-05-15

Redesigned Degas Galleries

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1995-05-04 to 1997-06-01

Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2017-11-09 to 2018-04-09
  • Lemoisne, Paul-André, Degas et son oeuvre, no. 563
  • Russoli, Franco; and Fiorella Minervino, L'opera completa di Degas, pp. 111-112
  • Cooper, Douglas, Pastels by Edgar Degas, 1952, no. 16
  • Keller, Horst, Edgar Degas, 1988, fig. 98
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 144
  • Campbell, Sara et al., Degas in the Norton Simon Museum, 2009, Fig. 16 p. 155
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1550 p. 420
  • Michel Schulman, Degas Catalogue Raisonné Online, 2021, MS-550

Additional Artwork by Artist

Arabesque over the right leg, left arm in front Edgar Degas Modeled c. 1882-95; cast 1919-21
Arabesque over the right leg, left arm in line Edgar Degas Modeled 1885-90; cast 1919-21
Arabesque over the right leg, right hand near the ground, left arm outstretched (First arabesque penchée) Edgar Degas Modeled 1885-90; cast 1919-21

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