Prints and Drawings
Etcher: Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917
After: Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo, Spanish, ca. 1612–1667

The Infanta Margarita

1861–62

Etching and drypoint

platemark: 16.9 × 12.1 cm (6 5/8 × 4 3/4 in.)
sheet: 27.8 × 18.2 cm (10 15/16 × 7 3/16 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.83
The only print in the Arthur Ross Collection by Edgar Degas, this delightful portrait of the young Spanish princess Margarita replicates a painting in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, thought at the time to be by Diego Velázquez; it is now attributed to his son-in-law and principal follower, Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo. This impression is one of only two known of the first state of the print (the other is in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris), made before Degas burnished out much of the figure. It is said that Degas and Édouard Manet first met in the Louvre as Degas was working on the copper plate for this image, and that the slightly older Manet introduced himself and congratulated Degas on his audacity in working directly on the plate, with no intermediate drawing.
Geography: 
Made in France
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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