RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots   Reviews 
If you don't have a Bidder Number, register now to bid!
back button 30 Minute Rule Begins on the Evening of November 11 at 7:00PM ET
An Initial Bid Must Be Placed By 6:00PM ET To Participate After 6:00PM ET NEXT LOT PREVIOUS LOT
Item   Title MB Now at Next bid Bids New bid Max bid  
430   Edgar Degas Autograph Letter Signed  $500 $1909 $2100 15 You must login to place a bid.
click to enlarge

click to enlarge

Mouse Over to Zoom/Click to Enlarge

#430 - Edgar Degas Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $6,000+

Degas plans to visit his patron, who has just purchased "a small painting of horses by me at Durand-Ruel"

ALS in French, signed “Degas,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 7, [January 1883]. Letter to Mrs. Albert Bartholome, canceling for Wednesday, because "something surprising" has happened. A wealthy painter, Henry Lerolle, invited him to dinner. Lerolle has just bought "a small painting of horses by me at Durand-Ruel [Before the Race] and he has written to me in admiration (Saint-Simon style), wants to feast me with his friends and although most of the legs of the horses in his good painting (mine) are rather badly placed, I have a good mind, in my modesty, to let myself be considered a little at the table. Just this once, dear Madam, let me get drunk with the perfumes of glory, on the other side of the water, behind the Invalides." Degas playfully notes, "if nothing manages to get me drunk, even the wine," he will come to see her at the end of the evening. In fine condition, with splitting to the bottom of the hinge.

Degas’ admiration of horses evoked an eagerness to learn about them in anatomical detail. He was fascinated by horse’s movement and the jockey’s colorful uniforms. Over the course of his career it’s reported that he created 45 oils, 20 pastels, 250 drawings, and 17 sculptures related to horses; during the time that Before the Race was painted, it’s documented that Degas kept a full-sized stuffed horse in his studio. Paul Durand-Ruel was a prominent French art dealer associated with the Impressionists who represented the likes of Degas, Monet, Renoir, and Manet;Degas' painting 'Before the Race' appears in the background of Renoir's portrait of Lerolle’s two daughters, 'Yvonne and Christine Lerolle at the Piano,' making this an especially interesting association piece connecting several important art world figures.

This item is Pre-Certified!
Purchase a third-party full letter of authenticity for $100.
No extra postage and no long delays!
Click here if you are interested.

back button
Help links  
Learn more about our autograph authentication experts...
Buyer's Premium   The Bidder acknowledges and agrees that a 25.0% buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price on all individual Timed Auction lots. For additional information view our complete terms and conditions.
Your bid is a contract  Placing a bid online means you agree to abide by the terms and conditions listed by RRAuction.
Payment methods accepted   All checks, cashiers checks, bank checks, or money orders are payable to R&R Auction Company of Massachusetts, LLC. RR Auction clients with an invoice $1000 or under will have the option to pay by credit card or Paypal. Please send Paypal payments to FinanceDepartment@rrauction.com.
Payment for items won in auction 595 is due by Monday, November 23rd unless prior arrangements have been made. Late payment may result in suspension of your bidding privileges.
Condition An item’s general condition is rated on an ascending scale of 1 to 4: good, very good, fine, very fine. Additional specific details that would not be obvious from the illustration, if any, are mentioned in the description.
Further descriptions You can call us or email us if you'd like us to answer questions about these items.