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Étude de nu pour la danseuse habillée (Study in the Nude for the Dressed Ballet Dancer)

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917

Étude de nu pour la danseuse habillée (Study in the Nude for the Dressed Ballet Dancer), 1879-1880 (cast executed 1919-1921 from original wax)

bronze

Edition: 56/B

overall: 28 3/4 x 13 x 11 inches (73.025 x 33.02 x 27.94 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Friends of Albright Art Gallery and Edwin J. Weiss Funds, 1935

1935:13

Currently On View

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Inscriptions

foundry mark; stamp / base, right rear / CIRE PERDUE/A A HEBRARD
signature, undated / base, rear / Degas
edition notation; foundry mark / base, right rear / 56/B

Provenance

[?] Durand-Ruel, New York;
C. J. Sullivan, New York;
purchased from the Sullivan estate in 1935 by Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York;
purchased from them by the Albright Art Gallery, 1935

Class

Sculpture (visual work)
Studies (visual works)

Work Type

Cast (sculpture)
Preparatory study

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

The devotion with which Edgar Degas observed Marie van Goethem (French, 1865–unknown), a young student of the Paris Opéra ballet school and model for his beloved wax figure Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, is evident in the extraordinary number of surviving preparatory sketches in charcoal and pastel, as well as this preliminary sculptural study. In the final version, the figure wears a bodice with an attached gauze tutu, linen ballet slippers, and a silk hair ribbon. The smaller bronze rendition presented here illustrates the awkwardness of adolescence that can be masked by clothing. Ballet dancers were a favorite subject of the artist. Drawn to their expressive gestures and gentle natures, Degas once wrote to a friend, “It is the movement of things and people which amuses and even consoles me.”

Label from Humble and Human: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., February 2–May 26, 2019

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