Artist Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
  • Dancers in the Green Room
Date ca. 1879
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 16 × 34 1/2 inches (40.6 × 87.6 cm)
Framed: 24 1/2 inches × 42 3/4 inches × 3 inches (62.2 × 108.6 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 21.5
Department European Painting
On View Modern C234, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower right: Degas
the artist, Edgar Degas (Paris, France);
May 6, 1918, sold by (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France) auction Atelier E. Degas, 1st sale, lot 35;
1921, Jacques Seligmann (Paris, France);
January 27, 1921, sold by (American Art Association, New York, New York, USA) auction J. Seligmann, lot 40;
(Henry Reinhardt & Son, Reinhardt Galleries, New York, New York, USA);
1921-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Catalogue des Tableaux, Pastels et Dessigns par Edgar Degas et Provenant de Son Atelier. Sales cat., Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 5, 1918, p. 22, no. 35 (ill.).

Poland, R[eginald]. "French Impressionistic Paintings Acquired." Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 2, no. 8 (1921): 70–73, p. 71.

Private Collection of Paintings and Pastels by the Great French Master the Late Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas Formed by the Widely Known Antiquarian Jacques Seligmann of Paris. Sales cat., American Art Association, New York, 1921, unpaginated, no. 40 (ill.).

Heise, C.G. "Amerikanische Museen." Kunst und Künstler 23 (1925): pp. 219-226, (ill.) p. 219.

Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, cat. 53 (ill.).

Richardson, E.P., ed. Detroit Institute of Arts Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, p. 37, no. 53.

Lemoisne, P.A. Degas et son oeuvre. Paris, 1946-1949, vol. 1, p. 116; vol. 3, p. 526, cat. 900, (ill.); vol. 4, p. 25. [as ca. 1887.]

Works by Edgar Degas. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, 1947, p. 16, cat. 30, pl. 32.

La Biennale XXIV. Exh. cat. 1948, p. 217, cat. 66.

Payne, Elizabeth H. "Edgar Degas, Dancers in the Green Room." In Favorite Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1948, pp. 52, 59–61, no. XI, pl. XI (ill.).

Degas. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co. New York, 1949, cat. 73.

Browse, L. Degas Dancers. New York, 1949, pp. 67, 378, pl. 120. [as ca. 1880-1883.]

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An Exhibition of Works by Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas 1834-1917. Exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum. Los Angeles, 1958, pp. 14, 45, cat. 35 (ill.).

Degas. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co. New York, 1960, cat. 50. [as 1887.]

Man: Glory , Jest and Riddle: a Survey of the Human Form through the Ages. Exh. cat., California Palace of the Legion of Honor. San Francisco, 1963, cat. 167.

Nishimura, T. Les grands maîtres Manet et Degas. Tokyo, 1972, pl. 51.

Reff, T. "Works by Degas in the Detroit Institute of Arts." Bulletin of the DIA 53, no. 1 (1974): pp. 2-44, pp. 2, 17, 37, cat. 15 (ill.). [as ca. 1879.]

Degas. Exh. cat., Grand Palais, National Gallery of Canada, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paris, Ottawa, and New York, 1988, p. 406, cat. 209. [as ca. 1882-1885.]

Meller, Mari Kálmán. "Exercises in and around Degas's Classrooms: Part II." Burlington Magazine 132, no. 1045 (1990): pp. 253-265, pp. 256-258 (fig. 22).

Masterpieces from The Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Bunkamura Museum of Art, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Ibaraki, 1989, pp. 91, 173, 220, cat. 59 (ill.). [as ca. 1879?]

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Message 1995. Exh. cat., Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. Toyota, 1995, pp. 34, 198, cat. 2 (ill.). [as ca. 1879-1885.]

Devonyar, Jill and Richard Kendall. Degas and the Dance. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Detroit and Philadelphia, 2002, p. 116, pl. 125. [as ca.1880-1894.]

Shimbun, Yomiuri. Degas. Exh. cat., Yokohama Museum of Art. Yokohama, 2010, p. 86, no. 50.

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Abt, Jeffrey. Valuing Detroit’s Art Museum: A History of Fiscal Abandonment and Rescue. Detroit, 2017, pp. xvi, 195, fig. 6.2 (ill.).

Loyrette, Henri, ed. Degas à l'Opéra. Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay and Grand Palais. Paris, 2019, p. 194 (ill.), p. 195, cat. 199.