The Morning Ride depicts a group of people in contemporary dress riding along a beach near a port in Normandy. The painting is unfinished, which gives the viewer a unique insight into Degas's working methods. In a traditional manner, he first applied a preliminary drawing to lay out the composition. The traces of this procedure are still readily visible in the painting.
Artist Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
  • Morning Ride
Date ca. 1866
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 33 1/2 × 25 1/2 inches (85.1 × 64.8 cm)
Framed: 40 7/8 × 34 3/4 × 3 3/4 inches (103.8 × 88.3 × 9.5 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund
Accession Number 48.279
Department European Painting
On View Modern C234, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, in red, lower left: Degas
the artist, Edgar Degas (Paris, France);
April 9, 1921, sold by (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France) auction Atelier E. Degas, 3rd sale, lot 21;
1921, purchased by Clariet (Paris, France);
Hector Brame (Paris, France);
Etienne Bignou (Paris, France);
by 1932, (Howard Young, New York, New York, USA)
Lewis Larned Coburn (Chicago, Illinois, USA);
Annie S. Coburn (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
until 1944, bequest to the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, USA) as part of the Lewis Larned Coburn Collection;
May 4, 1944 sold by (Parke-Bernet, New York, New York, USA);
1944, purchased by (E. & A. Silberman Gallery, New York, New York, USA);
1948-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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