Degas and His Model
There are many myths about the artist Edgar Degas—from Degas the misanthrope to Degas to Degas the obsessive. But there is no single text that better stokes the fire than Degas and His Model, a short memoir published by Alice Michel, who purportedly modeled for Degas. Never before translated into English, the text’s original publication in France in 1919, shortly after the artist’s death, has been treated as an important account of the master sculptor at work. We know that Alice was writing under a pseudonym, but who the real person behind this account was remains a mystery—to this day nothing is known about her.
Paperbound, 84 pages, 7 x 4 1/4 inches, David Zwirner Books, 2017