This pastel is from a series Edgar Degas drew of dancers from the Ukraine who performed in Paris in the late 1890s. Degas was fascinated by their strange, rhythmic movements and by their colorful costume.


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Artist
Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917
Title
The Russian Dancer
Date
1895
Medium
Pastel and charcoal on joined paper laid down on board
Dimensions
Sheet: 26 3/16 × 22 1/8 in. (66.5 × 56.2 cm) Mat (window): 25 1/2 × 21 1/2 in. (64.8 × 54.6 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of the Sara Lee Corporation

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2000.115
Classification
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Provenance

Atelier Edgar Degas, Paris; [Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 11-13, 1918 (Sale 2), lot 122]; Collection Veron, Paris, 1940's; Nathan Cummings (1896-1985), Chicago; Alan H. Cummings (1926-1986), Palm Beach, Florida; Sara Lee Corporation, until donated to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on April 10, 2000.