Dancer at Rest, Hands Behind Her Back, Right Leg Forward (Danseuse au repos, les mains sur les hanches, jambe droite en avant, première étude)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
This sculpture depicts a young dancer of the Paris Opéra posed in ballet’s fourth position. Edgar Degas made such small-scale studies with wax and other modeling compounds as a means to experiment in three dimensions with the movements and poses he would portray in his paintings. These were private works, not intended for display, but when his heirs found them in his studio after his death, they selected seventy-four of them to cast in bronze in limited editions.
modeled 1882-1895, cast 1919-1932
17 7/8 × 6 × 9 1/2 in., 9.5 lb. (45.4 × 15.2 × 24.1 cm) (show scale)
On base"CIRE/PERDUE/A.-A. HÉBRARD/41/J"
On base: "Degas"
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers
Prior provenance not yet documented; before 1954, possibly acquired or exhibited by Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY no. 127; before 1956, acquired by Gerald Cramer of Geneva, Switzerland; December 28, 1956, purchased at Saidenberg Gallery, New York, NY by Richard and Dorothy Rogers (Mrs. Richard Rodgers); January 19, 1970, gift of Richard and Dorothy Rogers to the Brooklyn Museum.
Edgar Degas (Paris, France, 1834–1917, Paris, France). Dancer at Rest, Hands Behind Her Back, Right Leg Forward (Danseuse au repos, les mains sur les hanches, jambe droite en avant, première étude), modeled 1882-1895, cast 1919-1932. Bronze, 17 7/8 × 6 × 9 1/2 in., 9.5 lb. (45.4 × 15.2 × 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, 70.176.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.176.5_SL3.jpg)
overall, 70.176.5_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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