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
  • Russoli, Franco; and Fiorella Minervino, L'opera completa di Degas, pp. 111-112
  • Keller, Horst, Edgar Degas,fig. 98
  • Cooper, Douglas, Pastels by Edgar Degas,no. 16
  • 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
  • Lemoisne, Paul-André, Degas et son oeuvre,no. 563

Additional Artwork by Artist

Actress in Her Dressing Room Edgar Degas c. 1875-1880 and c. 1895-1905
After the Bath Edgar Degas c. 1890-1893 (dated in error by another hand: 1885)
Autograph Letter to Durand-Ruel Edgar Degas n.d.

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