Edgar Degas, Le Jockey (The Jockey), c. 1888-89
|Artist:||Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)|
|Title:||Le Jockey (The Jockey), c. 1888-89|
|Medium:||Crayon lithograph in sepia ink on cream Chine appliqué|
|Image Size:||9 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in (24.1 cm x 21 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||22 1/2 in x 15 in (57.2 cm x 38.1 cm)|
|Framed Size:||24 1/4 in x 23 1/4 in 61.6 cm x 59.1 cm)|
|Edition:||From the edition of 25, printed by Atelier Becquet, Paris and published by Boussod-Valadon, Paris.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Edgar Degas (Paris, 1834- Paris, 1917) in pencil in the lower left margin and also hand signed by G.W. Thornley in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
In this impeccable Degas artwork, The Jockey (Le Jockey), c. 1888-89, the impressionist artist captures the sport of horse racing, one of his most sought after and memorable themes, in a monochromatic palette of sepia color. Displaying his range and expertise as a draftsman, this artwork showcases the horse and his companion in a variety of positions. This skillful study of the athleticism and musculature of his subject is equally desirable for its beautiful composition which angles quite elegantly in a diagonal across the scene, with each sketch of Le Jockey and the horse progressing in definition with contrast and detail. Much like his celebrated images of the Ballet, Degas’s fascination with motion and narrative are captured in rhythmic procession of horses and riders.
Created circa 1888-1889, this crayon lithograph in sepia ink on cream Chine applique is hand signed by Edgar Degas (Paris, 1834- Paris, 1917) in pencil in the lower left margin and also hand signed by G.W. Thornley in pencil in the lower right margin. From the edition of 25, printed by Atelier Becquet, Paris and published by Boussod-Valadon, Paris, this work is exceptionally rare because it is from the deluxe edition of only twenty-five impressions, the only suite of lithographs hand-signed by Degas.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Degas The Jockey (Le Jockey), c. 1888-1889 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).
1. Reed, S. W. & Shapiro, B.S. (1984). Edgar Degas: The Painter as Printmaker. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston. Portfolio detailed on pgs. lviii – lix.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Degas The Jockey (Le Jockey), c. 1888-1889 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
What Do I Get With My Purchase?
The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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Edgar Degas Biography
French painter and sculptor, one of the outstanding figures of Impressionism. Edgar Degas exhibited at seven out of the eight Impressionist exhibitions, but he stood somewhat aloof from the other members of the group and his work was Impressionist only in certain limited aspects. Like the other Impressionists, Degas aimed to give the suggestion of spontaneous and unplanned scenes and a feeling of movement, and like them, he was influenced by photography (he often cut off figures in the manner of a snapshot) and by Japanese color prints (he imitated their use of unfamiliar viewpoints). However, he had little interest in landscape (he did not paint out of doors) and therefore did not share the Impressionist concern for rendering the effects of changing light and atmosphere. The appearance of spontaneity and accidental effects in his work was an appearance only; in reality his pictures were carefully composed. He said that ‘Even when working from nature, one has to compose’ and that ‘No art was ever less spontaneous than mine’.
Degas always worked much in pastel and when his sight began to fail in the 1880s his preference for this medium increased. He also began modeling in wax at this time, and during the 1890s — as his sight worsened — he devoted himself increasingly to sculpture, his favorite subjects being horses in action, women at their toilet, and nude dancers. These figures were cast in bronze after his death. For the last 20 years of his life Degas was virtually blind and led a reclusive life. He was a formidable personality and his complete devotion to his art made him seem cold and aloof (as far as is known, he never had any kind of romantic involvement). His genius compelled universal respect among other artists. Degas drawings and sculptures continue to be exhibited around the world. However, Renoir ranked him above Rodin as a sculptor, and in 1883 Camille Pissarro wrote that he was ‘certainly the greatest artist of our epoch’. He was the first of the Impressionist group to achieve recognition and his reputation as one of the giants of 19th-century art has endured undiminished. His influence on 20th-century art has been rich and varied-on artists whom he knew personally, such as Sickert, and on later admirers. He was a superlative draughtsman and his work has appealed greatly to other outstanding draughtsmen, such as Hockney and Picasso. His mastery of pastel has been an inspiration to Kitaj.
Chilvers, Osborne, and Farr, The Oxford Dictionary of Art, Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, 1997. p. 154