About 1880 Degas painted the first of a series of views of dancers in rehearsal rooms in an unusual horizontal format that suggested the proportions of a classical frieze. This charcoal drawing, from the final decade of the artist's working life, is among the last explorations of that idea.
Stamped, lower left: degas
May 6-8, 1918, 1st Degas atelier sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 274. Trotti et Cie., Paris. 1931, Roger Sauerbach, Paris; March 11, 1931, Sauerbach sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 3, to Helft (probably Jacques Helft, Paris) for 14,500 fr. 1954, Arthur Wiesenberger, New York; 1954, gift of Arthur Wiesenberger to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1954)
Gift of Arthur Wiesenberger