After Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Etching from Ludovic Halévy, La Famille Cardinal, Paris, Auguste Blaizot & Fils, 1938. Printed on Velin de Rives paper. Professionally framed and matted, in ornate gilt frame measures 30"x27"x2.25", sight is 8.50"x9.50". Weight is 13 pds. PROVENANCE: A Charleston SC Private Estate. Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is best known as an observer of modern Paris life. Born into an aristocratic family, he was often found backstage at the Paris Opera, sketching the young, ballet dancers in the chorus line. Degas is also known for scenes of Paris racetracks and horses, restaurant interiors, cabarets and cafés, brothels and prostitutes and, above all, his portraiture, with its searing delineation of social class. Degas' close friend, writer Carmen Ludovic Halévy, documented Paris backstage activity in short stories gathered into one volume called La Famille Cardinal. Degas illustrated these fictional adventures of Pauline and Virginie Cardinal and their parents. Halévy, however, failed to recognize the greatness of these monotypes. They remained unpublished until 1938 when Marcel Guérin, David Weill and publisher Auguste Blaizot formed a consortium to purchase the lot at auction. These etchings are important because many Degas monotypes have vanished.