Racehorses at Longchamp

Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874
Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
Oil on canvas, 34.0 x 41.9 cm (13 3/8 x 16 1/2 in.)
Signed lower left: E Degas
S. A. Denio Collection—Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income, Boston Museum of Fine Arts #03.1034

"Horse racing, a luxury sport imported from England, enjoyed a vogue in 19th-century Paris. Built on the Western edge of the city in 1857, the Longchamp racetrack drew fashionable spectators, including Degas, whose love for horses was matched only by his attachment to the ballet. This scene of jockeys and their mounts milling beside the track at the end of a a race was the first Degas painting purchased by an American museum." (From the info card)