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Title The Return of the Herd
Original Translation La Rentrée du Troupeau
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Degas, Edgar (French painter and sculptor, 1834-1917)
Date 1898
Signed yes
Description This scene of cattle returning from the fields was painted by Edgar Degas in 1898. One of the best-known Impressionists, Degas is particularly remembered for his paintings of Parisian life - the races, street life and the ballet. The subject of this painting is unusual in Degas's oeuvre. It was painted when the artist stayed on a farm belonging to his friend Braquaval at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. Then in his sixties, Degas had suffered eyesight problems for years, which was one of the factors which influenced the free handling so evident here. The muted colours reflect the influence of Paul Gauguin whose works Degas collected.
Current Accession Number L.F11.1969.0.0
Former Accession Number 11 A 1969
Inscription front ll 'Degas'
Subject animal (cattle); everyday life; place (Saint-Valery-sur-Somme); buildings and gardens
Measurements 71.0 x 92 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Peter Koppel 1969, £10,000.
Provenance Troisième Vente Degas, 1919, lot 38, bought by Avorsen, 3, 100 francs; possibly Musée National, Oslo; anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 23 Jun 1965, lot 78, bought by Peter Koppel.
Principal Exhibitions Degas, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1988 - 1989, cat. no. 356; Degas: Beyond Impressionism, National Gallery, London, 1996, cat. no. 100.
Publications Hoppe, R., Degas och hans arbeten: Nordisk ago, Stockholm, 1922, pp. 58-59, ill.; Lemoisne, P. A., Degas et Son Oeuvre, vol. 3, Paris, 1946, cat. no. 1213, ill. p. 705; Leicester Museums' Annual Report, 1969, p. 13; Osborne, A., (ed.) On View, vol. 4, 1969-70, p. 43, ill. pp. 32-33; Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les Pays, vol. 3, Paris, 1976, p. 113; Sutherland Boggs, J., Degas, New York, 1988, pp. 484, 539, 566-68, pl. 568; Kendall, R., Degas: Beyond Impressionism, London, 1996, cat. no. 100, ill. p. 291.
Notes On reverse, stamps: 'Vente Degas'; 'Lugt 658'; label on stretcher: 'VAD 3 38'.
Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith




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