The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
French Paintings Catalogue
Edgar Degas, French (1834–1917). Rehearsal of the Ballet (detail), ca. 1876. Gouache and pastel over monotype on laid paper, plate: 22 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (56.5 x 70 cm); sheet (irregular): 23 13/16 x 29 3/16 in. (60.5 x 74.2 cm). Purchase: the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation Acquisition Fund, F73-30

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Vincent van Gogh, Dutch (1853–1890). Olive Trees, June/September 1889. Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (73 x 92.1 cm). Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 32-2
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The French Paintings Catalogue is generously supported by The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, Adelaide Cobb Ward in honor of Donald J. Hall’s retirement, The Mellon Endowment for Scientific Research, The National Endowment for the Arts, The James Sight Fund, and The Samuel H. Kress Foundation.