Dancer looking at the soles of her right foot by Edgar Degas

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Although he is best known as a painter, since the 1860s modeling has become an increasingly important part of Edgar Degas' work and at the end of his career became his main means of expression.

Except for the fourteen-year-old dancer who was exhibited in 1881, his sculptures remained unknown throughout her life. It was not until after his death in 1917 that they were discovered.

Edgar Degas refused to allow his sculptures to be cast in bronze as the merchant Vollard would have wanted. This matter "for eternity" would prevent him from starting over, he thought. However, he agreed to launch three of his studios around 1900, including this dancer looking at the sole of his right foot. That is why he considered it finished, although he reworked this pose until the end of his life. This balancing dancer participates in the artist's research on the rotating movement, the unstable character of the body.

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Height: 46 cm
Width: 17 cm
Depth: 22 cm
Museum: Paris - Musée d' Orsay
Artist: Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Material: Bronze
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After the death of Edgar Degas, the merchants Durand-Ruel and Vollard, responsible for the succession, only kept 73 sculptures of a total of about 150 found in his workshop. They were edited in lost wax bronze by A. A. Hebrard from 1920 onwards. The Musée d' Orsay exhibits the series acquired in 1920 in five original waxes donated by Paul Mellon. Without knowing it, Edgar Degas had renovated the 19th century sculpture.Patinated bronze reproduction.

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Dancer looking at the soles of her right foot by Edgar Degas

Although he is best known as a painter, since the 1860s modeling has become an increasingly important part of Edgar Degas' work and at the end of his career became his main means of expression.

Except for the fourteen-year-old dancer who was exhibited in 1881, his sculptures remained unknown throughout her life. It was not until after his death in 1917 that they were discovered.

Edgar Degas refused to allow his sculptures to be cast in bronze as the merchant Vollard would have wanted. This matter "for eternity" would prevent him from starting over, he thought. However, he agreed to launch three of his studios around 1900, including this dancer looking at the sole of his right foot. That is why he considered it finished, although he reworked this pose until the end of his life. This balancing dancer participates in the artist's research on the rotating movement, the unstable character of the body.

Dimensions

Height: 46 cm
Width: 17 cm
Depth: 22 cm
Museum: Paris - Musée d' Orsay
Artist: Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Material: Bronze
Editor:rmngp

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