European Art
Artist: Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917

The Conversation

1885–95

Oil on canvas

framed: 72.1 x 83.82 cm (28 3/8 x 33 in.) unframed: 50.17 x 60.96 cm (19 3/4 x 24 in.)
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, B.A. 1929, L.H.D.H 1967
1983.7.7
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Atelier Degas (Vente I, 1918, no. 59); bought at that sale by Dr. Georges Viau, for 22,500 FF; Viau collection, 1918-1942 (first Viau sale, Drouot, Paris, 11 December 1942, no. 90); Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Va.

Bibliography: 

Jennifer Gross, ed., Edgar Degas: Defining the Modernist Edge, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2003), 38–41, no. 10, pl. 10.

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