The Rehearsal

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French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
The Rehearsal, c. 1873-1878
19th century
Oil on canvas
47.2 x 61.5 cm (18 9/16 x 24 3/16 in.)
framed: 71.9 x 87.2 x 11.2 cm (28 5/16 x 34 5/16 x 4 7/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
, 1951.47
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
signed: l.r.: Degas
inscription: verso, stretcher, handwritten in blue marker: 11414F
Michael Manzi, Paris, sold; [through Eugene Glaenzer, New York, 1907]; to Harris Whittemore, Naugatuck, CT, (1907 - 1926?) transferred?; to J. H. Whittemore Company (1926? - 1942) sold; to Maurice Wertheim, New York, (1942-1951) bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.


According to correspondence of Ann Smith (June 12, 2009), ownership of most paintings in the Whittemore homes was transferred beween 1899 and 1926 to the J. H. Whittemore Company.

Exhibited with Whittemore collection in 1941.
Emil Waldmann, "Modern French Pictures: Some American Collections", Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, Burlington Magazine Publications, Ltd. (April 1910), Vol. 17, No. 85, pp. 62-66

Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by H. G. E. Degas, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1911), no. 4

Paul Lafond, Degas, Henri Floury (Paris, France, 1918 - 1919), vol. II p. 28

The Harris Whittemore Collection, Tuttle House (Naugatuck CT, 1938), no. 7

Art in New England, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1939), no. 34, pl. XX

Mattatuck Historical Society, Loan Exhibition of Paintings from the Whittemore Collection, exh. cat., Mattatuck Historical Society (Waterbury, CT, 1941), no. 8

Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Now the Great French 19th Century in the National Gallery", Art News (December 15, 1941 - December 31, 1941), vol. XL, repr. p. 19

John Rewald, "The Realism of Degas", Magazine of Art, The Magazine of Art (January 1946), XXXIX, repr. p. 16

Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Today's Collectors: Modern Milestones", Art News (June 1946), vol. XLV, no. 4, p. 64; repr. in b/w p. 30

French Painting since 1870, lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), pp. 6-9, repr. p. 7

La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), no. 2, pp. 6-8

Lillian Browse, Degas Dancers, The Studio Publications Incorporated (New York, NY, 1949), pl. 37, pp. 349-350

John Coolidge, "The Wertheim Collection", Harvard Alumni Bulletin, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, July 7, 1951), repr. p. 754

The Maurice Wertheim Catalogue: Modern French Art-- Monet to Picasso, exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC, 1960), p. 8, repr. p. 9

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art-- Manet to Picasso, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1962), pl. 2, pp. 14-15

Ronald Pickvance, "Degas' Dancers, 1872-6", The Burlington Magazine (June 1963), vol. CV, p. 265

Heinz Peters, ed., Kleine Museum Reise durch Amerika, Gebr. Mann Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 1969), p. 112, repr.

James Nelson, "Impressionism Ridiculed by 19th Century Critics", The Montgomery Advertiser Journal (Montgomery, AL, June 6, 1971)

"Maurice Wertheim Collection to be Featured Exhibit", Musings About the Maine State Museum (1972), vol. III, p. 3, repr.

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Maine State Museum (Augusta, ME, 1972), no. 3

John Coolidge, "Maurice and Cecile Wertheim", Fogg Art Museum Newsletter, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, March 1975), repr. p. 1

Theodore Reff, The Notebooks of Edgar Degas, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1976), 1, pl. 50, p. 133

C. Harrison, Modern Art and Modernism: Manet to Pollock, The Open University Press (Milton Keynes, England, 1983), pl. II, 52

Theodore Reff and Philippe Brame, Degas et son Oeuvre: a Supplement, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, NY and London, England, 1984), no. 60, p. 64

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 217, p. 191, repr. b/w

John Rewald, Studies in Impressionism, ed. Irene Gordon (New York, NY, 1985), p. 53, repr.

G. Freisinger, "Second Impressions", Harvard Magazine (Cambridge, MA, May 1985 - June 1985), ill. p. 39

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 2, pp. 38-41, repr. p. 39

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 14, p. 59

Kirk Varnedoe, A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color fig. 70, p. 79; mentioned p. 80

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 84, color plate; pp. 104, 240, repr. b/w cat. no. 330

David G. Wilkins and Bernard Schultz, Art Past, Art Present, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1997), p. 464, repr. in color

Judith A. Barter, Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago/Harry N. Abrams (Chicago, IL and New York, NY, 1998), p. 199

Belinda Thomson, Impressionism: Origins, Practice, Reception, Thames and Hudson, Ltd. (London, 2000), p. 38, repr. in color

Ann Dumas and David A. Brenneman, Degas and America: The Early Collectors, exh. cat., High Museum of Art/MInneapolis Institute of Arts/Rizzoli (New York, NY, 2001), pp. 24-25, 30

Jill DeVonyar and Richard Kendall, Degas and the Dance, exh. cat., American Federation of Arts/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 2002), pp. 82-86, repr. in color; cklist p. 289

Leslie P. Kilgore, "Museums & Galleries: Delve into Degas", The Improper Bostonian (August 31 2005-September 13 2005), p. 59, repr. p. 59

David G. Wilkins and Bernard Schultz, Art Past, Art Present, Pearson Prentice Hall (Saddle River, NJ, 2005), p. 448, repr. in color as fig. 9.58

"Distinguished Collection of Degas Masterworks Opens", website, August 4 2005, repr.

Erika Jacobson, "Revisiting Degas", Dance Teacher (November 2005), p. 44, repr. p. 44

Lois E. Beckett, "Seeing Degas Through Wolohojian's Eyes", The Harvard Crimson (October 21 2005), p. B6, p. B6, repr.

Richard Kendall, "Degas", The Burlington Magazine (December 2005), CXLVII, pp. 847-848, p. 847

Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge MA / New Haven CT, 2005), pp. 14-15; repr. in color as fig. 3, p. 17; p. 60; no. 6, p. 98

Christopher Reed, "Mad for Degas", Harvard Magazine (July 2005 - August 2005), vol. 107, no. 6, pp. 40-45, p. 41, ill.

Jon Garelick, "Abstract Thoughts: The Transitional and Transcendent Art of Edgar Degas at the Sackler Museum", The Boston Phoenix (August 5 2005), p. 18, p. 18, repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 166, repr.

Caitlin Davis, "Degas's Rehearsal", The Frick Collection Members' Magazine, The Frick Collection (Fall 2008), pp. 8-11; repr. in color on p. 11

Ann Y. Smith, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Whittemore Collection and the French Impressionists, Garnet Hill Publishing Company (Waterbury, CT (?), 2009), pp. 58, 60, 86, repr. pp. 43 (in Whittemore's home), 61

Richard Kendall, Daphne Barbour and Shelley Sturman, Degas in the Norton Simon Museum: Nineteenth-Century Art, ed. Sara Campbell Yale University Press (New Haven, 2009), pp. 104-105, 144, repr. in color p. 105 as fig. 6c and p. 144 as fig. 14a

Ann Y. Smith, "The Whittemores of Connecticut: Pioneer Collectors of French Impressionism", Antiques and Fine Art Magazine (Spring 2010), X, no. 2, pp. 158-165, p. 163, fig. 8

Richard Kendall and Jill DeVonyar, Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2011), cat. no. 7, pp. 38, 39, 42, 43, repr. pp. 40-41, detail repr. pp. 20-21

Elizabeth M. Rudy, "Researching the Wertheim Collection at the Harvard Art Museums", Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Summer 2014), Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 301-6

Exhibition History
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels by H. G. E. Degas, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/05/1911 - 04/14/1911, no. 4
French Art from the Ninth to the Twentieth Century, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/09/1919 - 04/23/1919
Art in New England: Paintings, Drawings, Prints from Private Collections in New England, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/09/1939 - 09/10/1939, no. 34
Unidentified Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, 1942, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/01/1941 - 12/31/1942
French Painting since 1870 lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1946 - 09/07/1946; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 07/01/1953 - 09/13/1953
La Peinture Française depuis 1870, Musée de la Province de Quebec, 07/12/1949 - 08/07/1949
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 07/01/1952 - 09/14/1952
French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 06/13/1962 - 09/02/1962
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 06/20/1963 - 09/01/1963; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, 06/24/1965 - 09/07/1965; Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 09/03/1968 - 09/22/1968; Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 06/01/1971 - 09/30/1971; Maine State Museum, Augusta, 06/01/1972 - 09/01/1972
The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990
Unidentified Exhibition, Tuttle House, 1938, Tuttle House, 04/01/1938 - 04/30/1938, no. 7
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings from the Whittemore Collection, Mattatuck Historical Society, Waterbury, 01/09/1941 - 01/26/1941, no. 8
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art--Monet to Picasso, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 06/17/1960 - 09/04/1960
Masterpieces of European Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/22/1985 - 09/15/1985
Degas and the Dance, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 10/20/2002 - 01/12/2003; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 02/12/2003 - 05/11/2003
Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005
Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011
Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 09/17/2011 - 12/11/2011, 7