Dancer Holding Her Right Foot in Her Right Hand, Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas
Dancer Holding Her Right Foot in Her Right Hand
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Edgar Degas

Dancer Holding Her Right Foot in Her Right Hand, 1900 – 1911 (casting 1919 – 1926)


Dimensions
53.2 x 38.0 x 20.0 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
SGP63
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 4

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About the Work

Degas modelled numerous figures in classical ballet poses but also many dancers in supposedly unguarded moments. He shows them pausing, stretching or adjusting their clothes. These less representative postures stand in striking contrast to the idealised depictions of human beings demanded by the art academy. Degas was interested in experimenting with the distribution of masses, balancing weights and arranging limbs in as many different ways as possible. The sculptures do not have a clear-cut face, instead, they invite the viewer to discover ever new and exciting perspectives. Only then can the motif be experienced in its entirety.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Dancer Holding Her Right Foot in Her Right Hand
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Degas; CIRE PERDUE A. A. HEBRARD; 23/O

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C8422 female dancer
  • 31A262522(+89) standing on one leg, the other leg backwards held by hand(s) (+ nude human being)

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Frankfurt am Main
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, Juli 1926.

Information

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Last update

01.02.2023