Study for “Madame Julie Burtey”

Pencil drawing of a woman's face

Edgar Degas (1834–1917) 
Study for “Madame Julie Burtey,” c. 1867 
Black and dark-brown graphite on blued white wove paper
12 1/16 x 8 1/2 in. (30.6 x 21.6 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1406

Along with some notebook sketches and a nearly full-length seated study, this work led to an oil painting (unfinished) now in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The inscription “Mme Jules Bertin,” one of the many names under which the subject has been known, was added by a later hand. 

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