Even though Edgar Degas was known mainly as a painter, from the 1860s onwards, modelling occupied an increasingly important place in the work of Degas, and it became his principal mode of expression by the end of his career.
Except for The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, exhibited in 1881, his sculptures were unknown during his lifetime. They were discovered only after he died in 1917.
Modelling gave Edgar Degas a new range of experience. "The older I grow, the more I realise that to achieve [...] a precision so perfect that it gives an impression of life, one has to resort to the three dimensions [...] because there is no place for the more-or-less here", he told the critic Thiebault-Sisson.
If he turned to the same subjects - horses, dances, bathing women - it is because these sculptures were only intended to improve his paintings.
Reproduction in patinated resin.
Height: 48 cm
Width: 60 cm
Depth: 30 cm
Museum: Paris - Musée d' Orsay
Artist: Edgar Degas (1834-1917)