Little arabesque by Edgard Degas

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Although best known as a painter, from the 1860s onwards modelling became an increasingly important part of Degas' work and at the end of his career he became his main medium of expression.

With the exception of the fourteen-year-old Little Dancer who was exhibited in 1881, her sculptures remained unknown during her lifetime. It was not until after his death in 1917 that they were discovered.
Of the approximately one hundred and fifty pieces found in his workshop, only seventy-three waxes could be saved; they were entrusted to Hébrard, who founded twenty-two sets of lost waxes in bronze, marked from A to T and exhibited for the first time in 1921. The P series entered the Louvre in 1930.

Reproduction in patinated resin or bronze.

Dimensions in Resin 
Height: 29.5 cm.
Width: 16 cm. 
Depth: 43 cm.
Weight: 2.9 kg.

Dimensions in Bronze
Height: 29.5 cm.
Width: 16 cm.
Depth: 43 cm.
Weight: 7.5 kg.

Artist: Edgar Degas (1834-1917).
Museum: Paris - Museum of Orsay.
Available materials: Resin or Bronze.
Artistic current: XIXth century.
Editor: rmngp

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This molding is the reproduction of an original statuette made by Hilaire Germain Edgar de Gas, known as Degas.

Modelling offered Edgard Degas a field of experiments. "The older I got, the more I realized that in order to achieve an accuracy so perfect that it gives the sensation of life, it is necessary to resort to the three dimensions[...] because there is little or no point in doing so," he told the critic Thiebault-Sisson.

The use of the same subjects - horses, dancers, women in their toilets - is because the sculptures were only meant to improve his paintings. Very difficult to establish, their chronology is based above all on criteria of style, increasing freedom of construction, and reliability in the analysis of movement.

Horses are generally considered to be his first sculptures. However, he certainly began to take an interest in the human figure as early as about 1875, since the fourteen-year-old Little Dancer and the Nude Study that preceded her (1878-1881) already testify to a perfect mastery in this field. It was in the period of 1880-1890 that most of the studies of dancers came to us.

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Little arabesque by Edgard Degas

Although best known as a painter, from the 1860s onwards modelling became an increasingly important part of Degas' work and at the end of his career he became his main medium of expression.

With the exception of the fourteen-year-old Little Dancer who was exhibited in 1881, her sculptures remained unknown during her lifetime. It was not until after his death in 1917 that they were discovered.
Of the approximately one hundred and fifty pieces found in his workshop, only seventy-three waxes could be saved; they were entrusted to Hébrard, who founded twenty-two sets of lost waxes in bronze, marked from A to T and exhibited for the first time in 1921. The P series entered the Louvre in 1930.

Reproduction in patinated resin or bronze.

Dimensions in Resin 
Height: 29.5 cm.
Width: 16 cm. 
Depth: 43 cm.
Weight: 2.9 kg.

Dimensions in Bronze
Height: 29.5 cm.
Width: 16 cm.
Depth: 43 cm.
Weight: 7.5 kg.

Artist: Edgar Degas (1834-1917).
Museum: Paris - Museum of Orsay.
Available materials: Resin or Bronze.
Artistic current: XIXth century.
Editor: rmngp

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