Portraits at the Stock Exchange, ca. 1878–79
Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
Pastel on paper, pieced and laid down on canvas; 28 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. (72.1 x 58.1 cm)
Signed (lower right): Degas
Gift of Janice H. Levin, 1991 (1991.277.1)
This study for an oil painting (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) depicts the financier Ernest May, a collector of Degas's work, under the portico of the Paris stock exchange. May was thirty-three in 1878, when Degas began the pastel.