Dancer Looking at the Sole of her Right Foot

Dancer Looking at the Sole of her Right Foot

1896-1897

Edgar Degas

(French, 1834-1917)

Bronze

Overall: 46.4 x 21.6 x 20.3 cm (18 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 8 in.)

Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 2028.1947

Fun Fact

Degas produced numerous wax sculptures during his lifetime that were cast in bronze shortly after his death. He preferred modeling his figures using the sense of touch rather than of sight, which was failing as he grew older. Look closely and you can observe the marks in the model left by Degas's fingers in this cast.

Description

Degas produced numerous wax sculptures during his lifetime that were cast in bronze shortly after his death. This late work continues his fascination with dancers and the physical sensation of the human body in motion. Marks made by artist's fingers are visible in the bronze surface.

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