Apotheosis de Degas (After Ingres' L'apotheose d'Homere)

Object Details

Title:

Apotheosis de Degas (After Ingres' L'apotheose d'Homere)

Artist/Maker(s):

Edgar Degas (French, 1834 - 1917)

and Walter Barnes (British, 1844 - 1911)

Culture:

French

Date:

1885

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

8.3 x 9.5 cm (3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

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One of Edgar Degas's earliest documented involvements with photography occurred in 1885, when he directed the creation of a parody of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's grand history painting, The Apotheosis of Homer, now in the Louvre Museum. A local photographer, Walter Barnes, made the negative and print, surely following Degas's explicit instructions. Entitled the Apotheosis of Degas, it is very much an aggrandized self-portrait of Degas.

Provenance
1895 - 1908

Ludovic Halévy, 1834 - 1908, by inheritance to his wife, Louise Halévy, 1908.

1908 - 1930

Louise Halevy, French, 1847 - 1930, by inheritance to her son, Daniel Halévy, 1930.

1930 - 1962

Daniel Halévy, 1872 - 1962, by inheritance to his daughter, Francoise Halévy Joxe, 1962.

1962 - by 1984

Francoise Halevy-Joxe, French, 1900 - 1993, sold to Texbraun Gallerie, by 1984.

by 1984 - 1986

Texbraun Gallerie, by inheritance to the estate of Francois Braunschweig, 1986.

1986 - 1986

Estate of François Braunschweig, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
Persistent Themes: Notable Photography Acquisitions, 1985 - 1990 (June 5 to September 2, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 5 to September 2, 1990
Edgar Degas, Photographer (October 8, 1998 to August 22, 1999)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), October 8, 1998 to January 3, 1999
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 2 to March 28, 1999
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France, (Paris), May 31 to August 22, 1999
Edgar Degas: Six Friends at Dieppe (September 16, 2005 to January 15, 2006)
  • Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, (Providence), September 16, 2005 to January 15, 2006
Degas at the Getty (March 7 to June 11, 2006) (no cat.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 7 to June 11, 2006
Degas: Master of French Art (December 12, 2008 to March 22, 2009) (85)
  • National Gallery of Australia, (Canberra), December 12, 2008 to March 22, 2009
Bibliography

Terrasse, Antoine. Degas et la Photographie (Paris: Denoël, 1983) pp. 30-31.

Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Degas (Paris: Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 1988)