Gérard Lévy, French, 1934 - 2016, by gift to Samuel Wagstaff, 1982.
1982 - 1984
Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.
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Attributed to Edgar Degas (French, 1834 - 1917)
Gelatin silver print
17 × 12.1 cm (6 11/16 × 4 3/4 in.)
Like Edgar Degas's Nude (Drying Herself), this photograph of a woman putting on stockings shares the specific theme, the awkward intimacy, and the formal compositional qualities of some of his drawings and paintings of women in various stages of undress.
Degas, a bachelor, showed a strong curiosity about the private, everyday rituals women perform--bathing, dressing, and ironing. Yet he would have had few opportunities to candidly observe a woman in this position. Scholars are uncertain whether Degas posed an artist's model in his studio or actually took his camera to a brothel.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff. (New York: Gray Press, 1978), p. 126, right.
Poivert, Michel. Peintres Photographes: de Degas à Hockney (Paris, Citadelles & Mazenod, 2017), Plate 28, p. 45.