Artist Stories

The Private Collection of Edgar Degas

Zuzanna Stańska 28 December 2016 min Read

Edgar Degas was one of the greatest Impressionists. He was also an art collector. His collection, revealed after his death, was remarkable not only for its quality, size, and depth but also for its revelation of Degas's artistic affinities. It included a great numbers of works by the nineteenth-century French masters like Ingres, Delacroix, and Daumier. He bought, or bartered his own pictures for, art by many of his contemporaries, particularly Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Cassatt, Whistler. In total, Degas owned more than... five thousand works. Everything was sold when the collection came up for auction in Paris in 1918 in what was called the sale of the century and was widely dispersed. Here you will find a couple of highlights from Degas' collection:

1. El Greco, Saint Ildefonso

[caption id="attachment_2970" align="aligncenter" width="620"]El Greco, Saint Ildefonso, c. 1603/1614, National Gallery of Art El Greco, Saint Ildefonso, c. 1603/1614, National Gallery of Art[/caption]

2. Mary Cassatt, Girl Arranging Her Hair

[caption id="attachment_2971" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Mary Cassatt, Girl Arranging Her Hair, 1886, National Gallery of Art Mary Cassatt, Girl Arranging Her Hair, 1886, National Gallery of Art[/caption]

3. Mary Cassatt, In the Loge

[caption id="attachment_2972" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Mary Cassatt, In the Loge, c. 1879, Philadelphia Museum of Art Mary Cassatt, In the Loge, c. 1879, Philadelphia Museum of Art[/caption]

4. Paul Cezanne, Apples

[caption id="attachment_2973" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Paul Cezanne, Still Life with Apples, 1875-77, The Fitzwilliam Museum Paul Cezanne, Still Life with Apples, 1875-77, The Fitzwilliam Museum[/caption]

5. Édouard Manet, The Ham

[caption id="attachment_2974" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edouard Manet, The Ham, 1875-78, Glasgow Museums, The Burrill Collection Edouard Manet, The Ham, 1875-78, Glasgow Museums, The Burrill Collection[/caption]

6. Édouard Manet, The Execution of Emperor Maximilian

[caption id="attachment_2975" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edouard Manet, The Execution of Emperor Maximilian, 1867–68, National Gallery, London Edouard Manet, The Execution of Emperor Maximilian, 1867–68, National Gallery, London[/caption]

7. Vincent van Gogh, Still Lives With Fruit

[caption id="attachment_2976" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Vincent Van Gogh, Still-life with Fruit, 1887, Art Institute of Chicago Vincent Van Gogh, Still-life with Fruit, 1887, Art Institute of Chicago[/caption]

8.Vincent van Gogh, Two Sunflowers

[caption id="attachment_2977" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Vincent van Gogh, Two Sunflowers, 1887, Musée d'Orsay Vincent van Gogh, Two Sunflowers, 1887, Musée d'Orsay[/caption]

9. Honoré Daumier, Don Quixote Reading

[caption id="attachment_2978" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Honore Daumier, Don Quixote Reading, 1865-67, National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff Honore Daumier, Don Quixote Reading, 1865-67, National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff[/caption]

11. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Roger Freeing Angelica

[caption id="attachment_2979" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Roger Freeing Angelica, 1819, Musée du Louvre Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Roger Freeing Angelica, 1819, Musée du Louvre[/caption]

12. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Oedipus and Sphinx

[caption id="attachment_3020" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1827, Musée du Louvre Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1827, Musée du Louvre[/caption]

13. Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot in Mourning

[caption id="attachment_2981" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot in Mourning, 1897, private collection Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot in Mourning, 1897, private collection[/caption]

14. Paul Gauguin,The Moon and The Earth

  [caption id="attachment_2983" align="aligncenter" width="554"]Paul Gauguin, The Moon and the Earth, 1893, Museum of Modern Art, New York Paul Gauguin, The Moon and the Earth, 1893, Museum of Modern Art, New York[/caption]

15.Paul Gauguin, La Belle Angéle

[caption id="attachment_2984" align="aligncenter" width="598"]Paul Gauguin, La Belle Angele, 1889, Musée d'Orsay Paul Gauguin, La Belle Angéle, 1889, Musée d'Orsay[/caption]

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