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Arabesque sur la jambe droite, le bras gauche dans la ligne
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Edgar Degas (1834-1917)\nArabesque sur la jambe droite, le bras gauche dans la ligne\nstamped with signature, numbered and stamped with foundry mark 'Degas 3/I A.A. HÉBRARD CIRE PERDUE' (on the top of the base; Lugt 658)\nbronze with brown patina\nHeight: 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.)\nOriginal wax model executed 1882-1895; this bronze version cast 1919-1921 in an edition of twenty-two, numbered A to T plus two casts reserved for the Degas heirs and the founder Hébrard
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notes

Degas' interest in dance dominated his work during the 1880s. Arabesque sur la jambe droite, le bras gauche dans la ligne "belongs to a period in the mid-1880s when his sculpture reached a kind of classical zenith" (quoted in Degas, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, p. 586). Indeed the present sculpture displays extraordinary balance and poise. The surface is smoothly modeled, in contrast to the works of later years. This refined technique contributes to the classical perfection of the pose. Degas was always interested in movement (he sculpted his series of horses to help him to understand their bodies in motion), and here he has captured the young dancer in a split second of absolute equilibrium.

John Rewald writes:

It was in his passionate search for movement that all the statuettes of dancers doing arabesques, bowing, rubbing their knees, putting their stockings on, etc., and of women arranging their hair, stretching, rubbing their neck and so on were created. All of these women are caught in poses which represent one single instant, in an arrested movement which is pregnant with the movement just completed and the one about to follow. To use Baudelaire's words, Degas 'loved the human body as a material harmony, as a beautiful architecture with the addition of movement'" (Rewald, op. cit., 1990, p. 23).

title

Arabesque sur la jambe droite, le bras gauche dans la ligne

notice

This sculpture has been requested for the exhibition Degas: the Painter of Dancers to be held by The Detroit Institute of Arts from October 2002-January 2003.

prelot

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LUCILLE ELLIS SIMON

creator

Edgar Degas

dimensions

Height: 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) Original wax model executed 1882-1895; this bronze version cast 1919-1921 in an edition of twenty-two, numbered A to T plus two casts reserved for the Degas heirs and the founder Hébrard

literature

J. Rewald, Degas, Works in Sculpture, A Complete Catalogue, New York, 1944, p. 24, no. XLII (original wax model and another cast illustrated, p. 97).

J. Lassaigne and F. Minervino, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Degas, Paris, 1974, no. S4 (another cast illustrated, p. 140).

J. Rewald, Degas's Complete Sculpture: Catalogue Raisonné, San Francisco, 1990, pp. 122-123, no. XLII (original wax model and another cast illustrated).

S. Campbell, "A Catalogue of Degas' Bronzes", Apollo, vol. CXLII (no. 402), August 1995, p. 12, no. 3 (another cast illustrated).

provenance

Mrs. Vanderbilt, New York (15 March 1927).

M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York.

Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon, Los Angeles (acquired from the above, July 1962).

Lucille Ellis Simon, Los Angeles.


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