Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot (Danseuse regardant
la plante de son pied droit)
Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (1834-1917)
A A Hébrard Foundry, Paris
Height: 45.5 cm;
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A A Hébrard
About this work
One of the very few sculptures of ballet dancers known to have been cast in plaster during Degas’ lifetime, it demonstrates his ability to capture and give dignity to a fleeting moment of effort. The woman depicted here was one of Degas’ regular models, Pauline, who in an interview after his death talked about the great strain of holding this particular pose.
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Copyright: © Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery 2010.