Edgar Degas
(Paris, 1834-1917, Paris)
Study for the Portrait of Madame Camus (the right arm, the left hand), 1869
Black chalk and pastel on brown paper, 43.5 x 32.5 cm
Studio stamp lower left
Lemoisne 211
No fewer than five preliminary studies by Degas for the picture of Madame Camus at the piano are in existence, a portrait study in pastel, a pastel sketch of the full-length figure in the same posture as in the picture, a charcoal-pastel sketch of the room with the piano, the opened music and the foot-cushion and the two sketches in charcoal and pastel showing the hanging left arm and the right arm resting on the keyboard.