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Jockeys on Horseback before Distant Hills, 1884

  • Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 17 11/16 × 21 5/8 inches (44.9 × 54.9 cm)
  • 25 1/8 × 28 3/8 × 3 1/4 inches (63.8 × 72.1 × 8.3 cm)

Gift of W. Warren and Virginia Shelden in memory of Mrs. Allan Shelden


On View

  • Modern C236


European Modern Art to 1970

Signed and dated, lower left: Degas 84

(Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France) Albert Spencer (New York, New York, USA)

1911 (Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France and New York, New York, USA)

by 1913-1934, Lillie P. Bliss (New York, New York, USA)

1934, gift to the Museum of Modern Art (New York, New York, USA)

Mr. & Mrs. Allan Shelden II (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA)

by inheritance to Mr. & Mrs. W. Warren Shelden (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA)

1998-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Edgar Degas, Jockeys on Horseback before Distant Hills, 1884, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of W. Warren and Virginia Shelden in memory of Mrs. Allan Shelden, 1998.65.