Woman at a Window




Woman at a Window

Date of Production



Oil (peinture à l’essence) on paper


Height: 78 cm (frame)
Width: 63 cm (frame)

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Samuel Courtauld, gift, 1932


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)


Not currently on display


Label Text

Degas often experimented with technique. This picture was made with paint drained of its oil and thinned with turpentine, creating an effect similar to watercolour.
The woman, seated by a window against the light, looks serene. But the artist Walter Sickert recounted that this work was painted around the time of the siege of Paris by the Prussians. According to Sickert, Degas gave the model a hunk of meat as payment, ‘which she fell upon, so hungry was she, and devoured it raw’.


Alex Reid, Glasgow; Reid Sale (Vente de MA..) Paris, 10 June 1898 (lot 26); Paul Durand-Ruel, Paris; Mrs Walter Sickert, London; Mrs Cobden-Sanderson, London; Miss M. F. C. Knox, London 1917; Mrs Cobden-Sanderson, 1917; Miss Stella Cobden-Sanderson, London, 1926; Leicester Galleries, London; purchased by Samuel Courtauld, March 1927; Courtauld Gift, 1932

Exhibition History

Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 25/11/2023-10/03/2024

Woman in the Window, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 04/05/2022-04/09/2022

Masterpieces of Impressionism from The Courtauld Gallery, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 10/09/2019-15/12/2019; Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya, Japan, 03/01/2020-15/03/2020; Kobe City Museum, Kobe, Japan, 28/03/2020-21/06/2020 ...More

The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, 20/02/2019-17/06/2019

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cezanne, National Gallery, London, 17/09/2018-20/01/2019

Summer Showcase - Unfinished, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 18/06/2015-20/09/2015

Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec, Tate Britain, London, 05/10/2005-15/01/2006

Art in the Making - Degas, National Gallery, London, 10/11/2004-30/01/2005

The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 14/06/1998-21/09/1998

The Courtauld Collection, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, 26/12/1997-12/05/1998

The Impressionists and after, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery & Birmingham & England, 1947 ...Less


The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1998


Inscription: inscription : signed : bottom right : : Degas

Inscription: inscription : stamped in red : bottom right : : Degas

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