Degas' Femme de neu debout a sa toilette headlines Armory auction

Edgar Degas' Femme de nue debout a sa toilette will highlight Swann Auction Galleries' Armory Show at 100 sale in New York on November 5 with a $175,000-225,000 estimate.

The signed lithograph dates to between 1891-1892 and is one of approximately 12 impressions in this state.

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Degas is best known for his paintings of nudes and dancers

Degas is often thought of as one of the founders of impressionism - a label that he vehemently rejected - and is renowned for his ability to capture movement on canvas.  

In 2008, Danseuse a Repose, a painting of a seated ballerina, brought $37m at Sotheby's - a record price for a work by the artist.

Edvard Munch's Der Kuss, an impression of an etching circa 1895, carries a $150,000-200,000 estimate. Only 20 such impressions have ever been recorded, with just six auctioned in the last 25 years.

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Munch was a printmaker alongside his work as a painter

Munch is one of the world's most famous artists, best known for his iconic painting The Scream, which became the world's most expensive painting of all time when it sold for $120m at Sotheby's New York last year.   

An impression of Feeding the Ducks by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), one of an edition of 25, is valued at $80,000-120,000.  

Cassatt migrated from America to France, where she became a friend and contemporary of Degas - who invited her to exhibit with the impressionists in the late 1800s.

Sara Holding a Cat, circa 1907-1908, achieved $2.5m at Christie's New York last year.

The Armory Show was first held in 1913 and was the first large scale exhibition of modern art in the US.

It took place in Boston, Chicago and New York - and is credited with galvanising American artists by exposing them to new European movements such as futurism and cubism.

The auction takes place alongside a number of exhibitions and events celebrating the centenary.  

We have this handwritten letter from leading impressionist Pierre-August Renoir available.  

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