Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground, Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas
Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground
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Edgar Degas

Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground, 1870 – 1880 (casting 1919 – 1926)


Dimensions
22.5 x 12.7 cm
length
27 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
SGP62
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Depictions of horse racing constitute the focal point of Degas’ work. Around 1860, the artist discovered this facet of modern leisure pursuit and explored it in various techniques until 1900. Sculpting horses helped Degas learn the correct reproduction of their complicated movements. At first, he modelled them in static poses. From the 1870s onwards, he also experimented with more dynamic postures and tried to reproduce certain gaits. A series of horse photographs from 1878 onwards was an important stimulus for him as they made the animals’ movements comprehensible for the first time.

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  • Exhibition “en passant. Impressionism in Sculpture” (2020)
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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground
Artist
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Degas; CIRE PERDUE A. A. HEBRARD; 49/O

Property and Acquisition

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

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Research and Discussion

Provenance

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

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10.04.2024