Edgar Degas / Two Men Examining a Painting / c. 1878-1880Edgar Degas
Two Men Examining a Painting
c. 1878-1880

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Creator Name: Degas, Edgar Germain Hilaire
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1834 - 1917
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Edgar Degas
Title: Two Men Examining a Painting
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1878
Creation End Date: 1880
Creation Date: c. 1878-1880
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on panel
Dimensions: Unframed: 27cm x 34cm
Inscriptions: signed upper left: Degas / à mes chers amis
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1958.25
Credit Line: Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: The upper left corner of this painting bears a dedication by Degas "to his dear friends." The double portrait depicts Paul Lafond (left). future curator of the art museum at Pau, in southwestern France, and Alphonse Cherfils (right), an art collector and defender of the Impressionists. Through the influence of these friends, Degas's works were selected for the annual exhibitions of the Société des Amis des Arts (Society of Friends of the Arts), and his painting, A Cotton Office (1873), was the first bythe artist to be purchased by a museum. Since the painting held by the two men is probably by Degas, this intimate image commemorates both personal and business relationships.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1958.25
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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