|Title:||Squatting Nude by Edgar Degas|
|Description:||A drawing of a woman squatting and touching her ankle done in charcoal with tan and green pastel on beige paper and measuring approximately 10x10 inches.|
|Condition:||Good condition except for a slight scratch and some white paint from the frame that was painted after framing.|
|Origin:||Thrift Shop in Southern California.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the additional information. From the information and photos submitted with this inquiry your artwork appears to be an original charcoal or graphite drawing on paper that may not have been or may have been created by the French Impressionist artist, Edgar Degas (French 1834-1917). The drawing that you possess is similar in style to the many studies that were done by the artist in chalks, charcoal and pastels in preparation for more complete paintings by Degas. Edgar Degas was born in Paris and educated with regard to his artistic career at the Ecole d Beau Arts. He was active in Paris for most of his artistic career and maintained his studio in the city. Degas is noted for his Impressionistic style of painting, especially the themes of ballerinas, the Paris social scene and horse racing. He is also noted as a sculptor. Degas was attracted to the theater and dance for themes in his artworks, and especially with the ballerinas staged at rehearsal or behind the curtains backstage before or after a performance. The drawing appears to be completed in the style and subject matter and media of artworks designated as by Edgar Degas. The signature at the lower right-hand corner of the artwork is similar to examples of signatures of this artist. The embossed logo that appears beneath the signature may be an editor's or publisher's blind stamp. The information printed on the embossed logo is reference to Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant et Cie, a print publishing business that evolved from the earlier publisher, Boussod, Valadon et Cie. Maurice Joyant was the manager of the Paris branch of Boussod, Valadon et Cie. Jules-Romain Joyant was a buyer for Valadon et Cie and Michele Manzi was a printmaker and art dealer. Boussod, Manzi, Joyant et Cie was formed at an approximate date of 1896. So there is a possibility that the artwork that you possess may be a reproduction rather than an original drawing by the artist, although the information provided by the owner of the artwork indicates that the artwork is an original drawing. Edgar Degas usually did not sign his sketches unless he sold the artwork to a buyer. So there is conflicting information regarding the drawing that has been submitted for inquiry. The most likely designation for the drawing is a forgery. If the drawing did not have Degas' signature on the artwork, the drawing could be appraised as in the manner of Degas, or from an artist in the circle of Degas or a drawing after Degas. With the signature these mentioned designations are not possible to apply. A drawing that is definitely designated as created by Edgar Degas can easily be valued at a quarter of one million dollars to several million dollars at auction or on the retail market. For an artwork that has this potential credibility, I would advise an on-site appraisal by a qualified museum curator. You can contact a director of a nearby museum or university art department to begin this process. For the purpose of this appraisal, the artwork is evaluated as an original charcoal drawing that may be created by a person unauthorized to create the drawing. The values stated are for the drawing as purely a decorative artwork. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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