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Edgar Degas: Before the Race  wikidata:Q4880363 
artist QS:P170,Q46373
Edgar Degas: Before the Race
Before the Race
Object type painting
English: Throughout the latter part of his career, Degas was obsessed with the restless beauty of the thoroughbred racehorse. Horse racing, which drew together throngs of people from many levels of society, was a singularly appropriate subject for representing modern life. Degas typically painted several versions of a composition, making slight variations in each. Here, riders and horses are shown in quiet and agitated movement. By the 1880s, Degas was making good use of recently published, stop-action photographs, which captured movement too fleeting to be perceived by the naked eye and which increased the artist's understanding of the horse in motion.
Date between 1882 and 1884
date QS:P571,+1882-00-00T00:00:00Z/8,P1319,+1882-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1326,+1884-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on panel
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q287,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 26.4 cm (10.3 ″); Width: 34.9 cm (13.7 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,26.4U174728;P2049,34.9U174728
; with frame: Height: 57.4 cm (22.6 ″); Width: 65.8 cm (25.9 ″); Depth: 10.1 cm (4 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,57.47U174728;P2049,65.88U174728;P5524,10.16U174728
institution QS:P195,Q210081
Accession number
Place of creation Paris, France
Object history
  • Durand-Ruel
  • Cyrus J. Lawrence, New York
  • Cyrus J. Lawrence Sale, New York, January 21, 1910, no. 62
  • Henry Walters, Baltimore, January 21, 1910, by purchase
  • : bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters
Exhibition history From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951. Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998. A Day at the Races: Degas, Manet and Images of the Horse. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1998. Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001. Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000. Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 2000-2002. A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2004. Déjà Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix. 2007-2008. 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910
Inscriptions Signature bottom right: Degas
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