Artist Edgar Degas
French, active 1834 - 1917
Title
  • Dancers in the Green Room
Date c. 1879
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 16 × 34 1/2 inches (40.6 × 87.6 cm)
Framed: 24 5/8 × 43 × 3 inches (62.5 × 109.2 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 21.5
Department European Painting
On View Modern C234, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed lower right: Degas
Paris, Collection of the artist, Edgar Degas;
Paris, auction Atelier E. Degas (Galerie Georges Petit) 6 May, 1918 (1st sale), lot 35,
repr.;
Paris, Collection Jacques Seligmann (1921);
New York, auction J. Seligmann (American Art Association) 27 January, 1921, lot 40,
repr., bought by Henry Reinhardt & Son on behalf of the DIA.


R. Poland, "French Impressionistic Paintings Acquired", DIA Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 8, 1921, pp. 70-73, esp. p. 71.

Heise, C. G., "Amerikanische Museen", Kunst und Künstler, vol. 23, 1925, pp. 219-226,, repr. on p. 219 (not otherwise cited in text).

Heil, W., Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 1930, cat. 53, repr.

Richardson, E. P. (ed.), Detroit, DIA, Catalogue of Paintings, 1944, p. 37, no. 53.

Lemoisne, P. A., Degas et son Oeuvre, Paris, 1946-1949, vol. 1, p. 116, vol. 3, p. 526, cat. 900, repr., vol. 4, p. 25 (dated c. 1887).

Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, "Works by Edgar Degas", Feb 5-May 9, 1947, p. 16, cat. 30, pl. 32.

Venice, "La Biennale XXIV", 1948, p. 217, cat. 66.

New York, Wildenstein & Co., "Degas", 1949, cat. 73.

Browse, L., Degas Dancers, New York, 1949, pp. 67, 378, pl. 120 (c. 1880-83).

Toledo, Toledo Museum of Art, "Degas Paintings and Bronzes", May 1950 (with no accompanying catalogue).

Detroit, DIA, "The Two Sides of the Medal: French Painting from Gérôme to Gauguin", 1954, intro. by P. L. Grigaut, pp. 34, 43, cat. 75, repr.

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum, "An Exhibition of Works by Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas 1834-1917", March, pp. 14, 45, cat. 35, repr.

New York, Wildenstein & Co., "Degas", April 7-May 6, 1960, cat. 50, (as dated 1887).

San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, "Man: Glory , Jest and Riddle: a Survey of the Human Form through the Ages", Nov 10, 1963-Jan 3, 1964, cat. 167.

Nishimura, T., Les Grand Maitres Manet et Degas, Tokyo, 1972, pl. 51.

Reff, T., "Works by Degas in the Detroit Institute of Arts", DIA Bulletin, vol. 53, no. 1, 1974, pp. 2-44, esp. pp. 2, 17, 37, cat. 15, repr. (as c. 1879).

Paris, Grand Palais - Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada - New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Degas", 1988/1989, p. 406 (cited under cat. 209, datable ca. 1882-1885).

Meller, M. K., "Exercises in and around Degas's Classrooms: Part II", Burlington Magazine, vol. , 1990, pp. 253-265, esp. pp. 256-258, fig. 22.

Tokyo, Bunkamura Museum of Art - Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art - Ibaraki, Museum of Modern Art, "Masterpieces from The Detroit Institute of Arts", 1989/1990, pp.91, 173, 220, cat. 59, repr. (dated c.1879?)

American Federation of Arts, "Exhibitions Program," brochure, 1999, p. 51, repr.

Toyota (Japan), Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, "Message 1995", (exh organized by DIA and Toyota Municipal Museum of Art), Nov 1995-Jan 1996, pp. 34, 198, cat. 2, repr. (dated c.1879-85).

Detroit, DIA - Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Degas and the Dance," (exh organized by J. DeVonyar and R. Kendall for American Federation of Arts), Oct 2002 - May 2003, p. 116, pl. 125 (dated c.1880-94).

Yokohama, Yokohama Museum of Art, "Degas," exh. org. by Yomiuri Shimbun, 2010, p. 86, no. 50.

Kendall, Richard and Jill Devonyar. Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement (exhibition catalogue). Royal Academy of Arts, London, Sept. 17, 2011 - Dec. 11, 2011, p. 111, 112-113 (ill), no. 39.

Degas: Klassik und Experiment. Exh. cat., Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe, 2014, pp. 180-181, no. 66 (ill.).