standing man wearing top hat leaning on umbrella; as of March 2007 the frame 57.11 ter is used as the current frame per Patrick Noon's approval

Achille De Gas, 1868-1872

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Edgar Degas often used his family and friends as models. Here, his younger brother Achille poses as a dapper flâneur, a fixture of Parisian society who watches the urban spectacle with an air of boredom and ironic detachment. Achille himself was something of a pretentious do-nothing, frequently running up debts and engaging in scandalous behavior. (He shot and wounded the husband of a former lover in front of the Paris stock exchange.) Degas portrays Achille leaning on an umbrella, twisting his hip and pushing his chest forward to emphasize the studied nonchalance of his half-buttoned coat. The sketch is a study for the male spectator in the foreground of the painting At the Races. With eyes downcast and striking a self-consciously debonair pose, the fellow is clearly more interested in being seen than in the action behind him.

Details
Title
Achille De Gas
Artist Life
1834 - 1917
Role
Artist
Accession Number
61.36.8
Provenance
René De Gas, brother of the artist, Paris (until 1927; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 10, 1927, no. 81, for Fr. 25,000, to Dale); Chester Dale, New York (1927-44; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, March 16, 1944, no. 38, property of "N.Y. Private Collector" [Chester Dale], for $1,600, to Seligmann); [Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 1944-49; sold February 11, for $4,500, to McMillan]; Putnam Dana McMillan, Santa Barbara and Minneapolis (1949-d.1961; bequeathed to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
Lemoisne 307
Curator Approved

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standing man wearing top hat leaning on umbrella; as of March 2007 the frame 57.11 ter is used as the current frame per Patrick Noon's approval