DEGAS, Edgar

Paris 1834 - Paris 1917

Maker: Hébrard, A.A.

[1/B] Danseuse, arabesque ouverte sur la jambe droite, bras gauche en avant, deuxième étude

[1/B] Arabesque over Right Leg, Left Arm in Front

1880-1895, cast after 1919



Dimensions (HxWxD): 10 34 x 16 in.

top right of base by foot: Degas
back right of base: CIRE / PERDUE / AA HEBRARD
back left of base: 1/B

Acc. No.: 1979.505

Credit Line: Bequest of Margarett Sargent McKean

Photo credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

© Artist:


  • Before 1936, sold by Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard et Cie, Paris, to Walther Halvorsen, New York [see 1991 Pingeot]
  • 1921, possibly sold by Durand-Ruel, New York [see 1992 letter from Norton Simon Museum staff, in curatorial file]
  • 1979, bequest of Margarett Williams Sargent McKean (1892-1978), Boston, to the MFA (Accession Date: October 17, 1979)


  • Museum's website, 27 February 2012 and 20 March 2012
  • 1944 Rewald
    John Rewald, Degas - Works in Sculpture - A Complete Catalogue, New York, Pantheon, 1944, p. 92, repr.
  • 1970 MFA
    Centennial Acquisitions: Art Treasures for Tomorrow, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, no. 62, February 4, 1970, no. 64, repr.
  • 1976 Millard
    Charles W. Millard, The Sculpture of Edgar Degas, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1976
  • 1991 Pingeot
    Anne Pingeot, Degas Sculptures, Paris, Imprimerie nationale et Réunion des musées nationaux, 1991
  • 2002 Czestochowski and Pingeot
    Joseph S. Czestochowski and Anne Pingeot, Degas Sculptures: Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes, Memphis, International Arts, 2002, p. 122-123


  • 1922 New York
    Exposition Degas, New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, 6-27 December 1922

    1923 London
    Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Works in Sculpture of Edgar Degas, introduction by Walker Sickert, London, Ernest Brown & Philips Leicester Galleries, February-March 1923, No.2

    1923 Rome
    Seconda Biennale Romana, Mostra Internazionale di Belle Arti. Sculture di Edgar Degas 1834-1917, Rome Casa d'Editrice d'Arte Enzo Pinci, 4 November 1923-April 1924

    1924 Paris
    Exposition Degas, au profit de la Ligue franco-anglo-américain contre le cancer: peintures, pastels et dessins, sculptures, eaux-fortes, lithographies et monotypes, introduction by Daniel Halévy, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 12 April-2 May 1924; and at Galerie A. A. Hébrard (seventeen works), No. 254

    1925 New York
    Sculptutes of Edgar Degas, New York, Ferargil Galleries, 25 October-9 November 1925, No.2

    1935 New York
    Exhibition of Bronzes and Drawings by Degas, New York, Jacques Seligmann & Co, 29 April-18 May 1935, No.8

Related works

  • Bronze, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 29.100.401.


  • Museum's website, July 14, 2011:
    Degas exhibited only one sculpture during his lifetime. The original wax version of "Little Dancer, Fourteen Years Old" was shown at the 1881 Impressionist exhibition. Degas, however, produced many small wax sculptures for his own use; he once said, "I make drawings in wax." After the artist's death, the best preserved of his sculptures were repaired and cast in bronze. Degas himself was reluctant to cast his works in bronze, a medium he described as "for eternity."