Artist Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
  • Portrait of a Woman
  • Portrait de Femme (alternate title)
  • Mademoiselle Malot(?) (alternate title)
Date 1877
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 25 1/2 × 21 inches (64.8 × 53.3 cm)
Framed: 34 inches × 30 1/4 inches × 3 inches (86.4 × 76.8 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Ralph Harman Booth
Accession Number 21.8
Department European Painting
On View Modern C235, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower right, in red script: Degas .
the artist, Edgar Degas (Paris, France);
May 6, 1918, sold by (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France) auction Atelier E. Degas, 1st sale, lot 64;
1921, Jacques Seligmann (Paris, France);
January 27, 1921, sold by (American Art Association, New York, New York, USA) auction J. Seligmann, lot 56;
1921, purchase by (Henry Reinhardt & Son, Reinhardt Galleries, New York, New York, USA) on behalf of the Detroit Institute of Arts;
1921-present, collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Catalogue des Tableaux, Pastels et Dessigns par Edgar Degas et Provenant de Son Atelier. Sales cat., Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 5, 1918, p. 57, no. 64 (ill.).

Poland, R[eginald]. "French Impressionistic Paintings Acquired." Bulletin of the DIA 2, no. 8 (1921): 70–73, p. 71 (ill.).

R.P. "Gifts from Ralph H. Booth." Bulletin of the DIA 6, no. 8 (1925): pp. 89-92, p. 92 (ill.).

Réau, Louis. L'Art Français aux États-Unis. Paris, 1926, p. 164.

Heil, Walter and Clyde H. Burroughs. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts of the City of Detroit. Detroit, 1930, unpaginated, no. 56 (ill.).

Edgar Degas. Exh. cat., Smith College Museum of Art. Northampton, November 1933, checklist no. 13.

Newberry, J.S. "The Age of Impressionism & Realism: Detroit's Anniversary Exhibit." The Art News 38, no. 31 (May 4, 1940): pp. 13-14 (ill.). [as dated ca. 1865]

Richardson, E.P., ed. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, p. 37, no. 56.

Lemoisne, P.A. Degas et son oeuvre. Paris, 1946-1949, vol.2, p. 244, no. 442, (ill.); vol. 4, p. 37. [as ca. 1877, Portrait of Mlle. Malo?]

Works by Edgar Degas. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1947, p. 14, cat. 10, pl. IX.

Exhibition of Nineteenth Century French Painting. Exh. cat., Saginaw Museum. Saginaw, 1948, p. 5, cat. 7, (ill.) in published checklist.

Degas. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co. New York, 1949, pp. 24, 53, cat. 38.

Grigaut, P.L. The Two Sides of the Medal: French Painting from Gérôme to Gauguin. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1954, pp. 33, 45, cat. 71 (ill.).

Boggs, J.S. Portraits by Degas. Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1962, pp. 52, 122 pl. 90.

French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masters. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co. New York, 1965, cat. 21 (ill.).

Mary Cassatt Among the Impressionists. Exh. cat., Joslyn Art Museum. Omaha, 1969, cat. 26.

Cassatt-Degas. Exh. cat., Midland Center for the Arts and Battle Creek Civic Art Center. Midland and Battle Creek, 1976, cat. 25 (ill.).

Reff, T. "Works by Degas in the Detroit Institute of Arts." Bulletin of the DIA 53, no. 1 (1974): pp. 2-44, pp. 2, 14, 35-36, cat. 12 (ill.). [ca. 1877.]

"Family Art Game," DIA Advertising Supplement. Detroit News/Detroit Free Press, April 18, 1982, p. 23 (ill.).

Pickvance, R. Degas. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 1993, pp. 16, 20, cat. 4 (ill.). [as Thérèse Mallot.]

Degas Portraits. Exh. cat., Kunsthaus and Kunsthalle. Zürich and Tübingen, 1994, pp. 234-235, cat. 134 (ill.).

Fowle, Frances. Degas and America: The Early Collectors. Exh. cat., High Museum and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Atlanta and Minneapolis, 2001, pp. 148-149, cat. 33 (ill.).

Devonyar, Jill and Richard Kendall. Degas and the Dance. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Detroit and Philadelphia, 2002, pp. 213-215, pl. 241. [dated ca.1868-1893.]