EDGAR DEGAS (PARIS 1834-1917)
EDGAR DEGAS (PARIS 1834-1917)
EDGAR DEGAS (PARIS 1834-1917)
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EDGAR DEGAS (PARIS 1834-1917)

Study of a Roman statue of a boy wearing a toga

Details
EDGAR DEGAS (PARIS 1834-1917)
Study of a Roman statue of a boy wearing a toga
graphite
15 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (39.5 x 27 cm)
Provenance
The artist’s studio (L. 657).
René de Gas (1845-1921), brother of the artist; by inheritance to his daughter
Odette de Gas (1887-1932) (L. 4349); by descent

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Lot Essay

When he was student at the École des Beaux-arts in Paris in the mid-1850s, Degas roamed the halls of the Louvre copying old masters, but in particular ancient sculptures, including some of the most famous Greco-Roman works in the collection: Study of Athena detaching her sandal (Degas estate sale, Christie’s Paris, 3 March 2017, lot 26), a Study of the Borghese Gladiator (same sale, lot 23), or a bas-relief from the parapet of the temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis (lot 18). The present study was made after a 1st Century Roman marble from the Borghese collection (inv. Ma 2244), depicting a boy wearing a toga (fig. 1).

Fig. 1. Rome, 1st Century, Statue of a boy wearing a toga. Musée du Louvre, Paris.

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