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Portrait of Estelle Balfour
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Portrait of Estelle Balfour

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Description Estelle Musson Balfour (1843-1909), the artist's cousin from New Orleans, visited France in 1863-65. She was in mourning for her husband, who had been killed at the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi, while fighting on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War. At the time that this portrait was painted, Mrs. Balfour was going blind. Degas, too, would eventually lose his sight, and this painting explores the experience of seeing those who cannot see.
Date Description Narrative
4/01/1942Treatmentcleaned; mounted; loss compensation; other
10/22/1951Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
3/21/1960Treatmentloss compensation; re-housed
4/19/1965Treatmentloss compensation
1/11/1982Examinationexamined for condition.
6/13/1990Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation; cleaned
12/28/1998Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1999Treatmentmounted; cleaned; loss compensation; re-housed; other
  • From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
  • An Exhibition of Works by Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas, 1934-1917. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 1958.
  • Works by Edgar Degas. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 1947.
  • Degas. Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio. 1955.
  • Degas. Wildenstein & Company, New York. 1960.
  • Manet, Degas, Morisot and Cassatt. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1962.
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America. New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund. 1999.
  • Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from American Collections. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 1999-2000.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
  • Degas/Cassatt. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 2014.
Provenance Mary Cassatt, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, May 7, 1903, by purchase [together with Monet's Springtime, G. A. Lucas account Book, ms.]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] In light brown at lower right: Degas
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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oil on canvas
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H: 10 5/8 × W: 8 5/8 in. (26.99 × 21.91 cm); Framed H: 16 3/4 x W: 15 x D: 1 3/4 in. (42.5 x 38.1 x 4.4 cm); Framed with buildup H: 16 5/8 × W: 15 × D: 3 in. (42.23 × 38.1 × 7.62 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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