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

The False Start

ca. 1869–72

Oil on panel

unframed: 32.1 × 40.3 cm (12 5/8 × 15 7/8 in.)
John Hay Whitney, B.A. 1926, Hon. 1956, Collection
On view
19th century

Reitlinger Collection; sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 4 March 1872; purchased by Ernest Hoschede, 25 April 1873 (stock no. 1121, as "Courses au Bois de Boulogne"); his sale (anonymous), Hotel Drouot, Paris, 13 January 1874, as "La tribune des courses a Longchamps"; Durand-Ruel, New York; Reid and Lefevre, London, by 1928; Knoedler, New York, 1928;John Hay Whitney, New York, by 1936; his gift, 1982.


Jennifer Gross, ed., Edgar Degas: Defining the Modernist Edge, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2003), 7, 9, 10, 16–17, 20, no. 3, pl. 3.

Museum Folkwang and Hartwig Fischer, Bilder einer Metropole Die Impressionisten in Paris, exh. cat. (Gottingen, Germany: Steidl Verlag, 2010).

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