Back-light ironing machine, circa 1873
Charcoal drawing, stamped "Degas" in red at the bottom left.
On the back stamped "Atelier Ed. Degas" in red and annotated in pencil "Ph1566".
42 x 30.5 cm
Study for the painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - H.O. Havemayer collection.
- Atelier Degas, 3rd sale, 7-9 April 1919, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, n°269, reproduced.
collection Exhibitions :
- "Degas", Galerie Schmit, Paris, 15 May-21 June 1975, n°58, reproduced.
- "Edgar Degas", Kunsthalle, Tu?bingen, 14 January-25 March 1984, n°88, reproduced.
- Paul-André Lemoisne, Degas and his work, Arts et métiers graphiques, Paris, 1946, T II, n°356, cited as Etude.
- Degas, Exhibition in Paris, Ottawa and New York, 1988-1989, Ed. RMN, Paris, 1988. Described and reproduced Fig.117, p.224
- Michel Schulman, Edgar Degas Le catalogue critique numérique, 2019, described and reproduced ref: MS-583
work Les repasseuses sont un sujet de prédilection pour Edgar Degas entre 1869 et 1895. The backlit ironing machine, kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is the first version of a series of three, in a somewhat tragic atmosphere a silhouette at work stands out against the whiteness of the linen.
This drawing is a study for this figure, tiled to be transferred, of the same size as in the painting. The latter, moreover, retains traces of tiles corresponding to those of this study.