The Impressionist and Modern Art department is pleased to present a sale dedicated to Edgar Degas. Comprising 55 works on paper, the collection comes from the heirs of Degas’ brother, René de Gas. These high quality drawings are dated between 1855 and 1865 and feature the artist’s early works. From his sketches of human anatomy, inspired from Antiquity and Old Masters, one can already sense his artistic ambitions. There is no doubt collectors and connoisseurs will recognise some references to Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Ingres through Degas’ drawings.
The sale will be divided into six sections, featuring studies inspired by the Old Masters, Antiquity, portraits of his family, sketches for later paintings and academic studies. The auction is estimated in the region of €1M. Anika Guntrum, International Director of the department, recognizes that “collectors will have the chance to acquire these rare works which already announce his brilliant career.”