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.
Reproduction in patinated resin imitation bronze
Height: 46 cm
Width: 17 cm
Depth: 22 cm
Museum: Paris - Orsay Museum
Artist: Edgar Degas (1834-1917)