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DEGAS, Edgar

Paris 1834 - Paris 1917

[5 cire] Danseuse, position de quatrième devant sur la jambe gauche, troisième étude

[5 wax] Dancer, Fourth Position Front, on Left Leg

c. 1885-1890

yellow brown wax and plastiline

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 22 1116 x 14 116 x 12 58; height (of figure to top of proper left hand): 21 716 in.

on wax along outside of left foot: Degas
carved on top of wood base: 73

Acc. No.: 1985.64.49

Credit Line: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

© Artist : public domain


Provenance

  • The artist [1834-1917]
  • His heirs
  • Paris, Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard [1865-1937]
  • Paris, his daughter, Nelly Hébrard [1904-1985]
  • 1955, consigned to M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York
  • 1956, May, purchased by Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia
  • 1985, gift to NGA

Bibliography

  • Museum’s website, October 29, 2012
  • 1991 Pingeot
    Anne Pingeot, Degas Sculptures, Paris, 1991, no. 11
  • 1994 NGA Catalogue
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1994, p. 67, repro.
  • 1995 Campbell
    Sara Campbell, "Degas' Bronzes - Introduction and a Catalogue," Apollo, vol. 142, no. 402, August 1995, no. 5
  • 1995 Pingeot
    Anne Pingeot, "The casting of Degas' sculptures: Completing the story", Apollo, 142, August 1995, p. 60-63
  • 2002 Czestochowski and Pingeot
    Joseph S. Czestochowski and Anne Pingeot, with essays by Daphne Barbour, et al., Degas Sculptures: Catalogue raisonné of the bronzes, Memphis, International Arts and The Torch Press, 2002, p. 130-131
  • 2010 Lindsay, Barbour, Sturman
    Suzanne Glover Lindsay, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman, Edgar Degas Sculpture. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, Washington, D.C., 2010, no. 27, 186-190, color repro.

Exhibitions

  • Museum’s website, October 29, 2012

    1955 New York
    Edgar Degas 1834-1917: Original Wax Sculptures, New York, M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., 1955, no. 43 (repro. is mis-labelled as no. 42; the repro. labelled as no. 43 is also mis-labelled and is actually a repro. of no. 53).

    1956 Richmond
    Sculpture by Degas, Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1956

    1965-1966 Washington
    Wax Sculptures by Degas, Sculptures and Drawings by Rodin, Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, 1965-1966, no cat.