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Title

Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot

1900-1910
cast 1919-1921

Artist

Edgar Degas

France

19 Jul 1834 - 27 Sep 1917

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Danseuse regardant la plante de son pied droit
    Dates
    1900-1910
    cast 1919-1921
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    bronze, cire perdu (lost wax)
    Dimensions
    48.0 cm height
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Paul Haefliger 1982
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    60.1983
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Edgar Degas

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  • About

    Although a founding and exhibiting member of the French Impressionists, Degas' preoccupation with the human figure and his intimate engagement with the minutiae of everyday life set him apart from the aims and methods of the group. "My art" he insisted, "has nothing spontaneous about it, it is all reflection" (Monnier). The distinctive linearity of Degas' work - a product of his classical training - evolved into a dynamic vocabulary of gesture and movement. His 600 or so variations on the theme of ballerinas have been compared to the photographic studies of animal and human locomotion undertaken by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870s and '80s. Degas' fascination with the moving body was extended and developed through his sculptures, many of them produced as wax sketches and not cast until after his death.

    Monnier, G. "Degas" J. Turner, ed. 'The Dictionary of Art' 34 vols. London: Macmillan, 1996

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

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