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Ballet Dancer with Arms Crossed

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Stamped, lower left: degas


April 7, 1919, 3rd Degas atelier sale, Georges Petit, Paris, lot 7, to Durand-Ruel, Paris (stock no. 11441); January, 1920, sold by Durand-Ruel, Paris, to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 8801); March 25, 1920, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York, to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston [see note 1]; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948) NOTES: [1] The information about these transactions comes from a letter from Durand-Ruel, Paris to the MFA (February 6, 1964; in MFA curatorial file). Durand-Ruel gives the date of the painting's sale to Spaulding as March 9 but a receipt in the curatorial file is dated March 25.

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Bequest of John T. Spaulding

about 1872


61.3 x 50.5 cm (24 1/8 x 19 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas