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Title:

Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front

Maker(s) &
Production:

Degas, Edgar, sculptor, French artist, 1834-1917, Paris, Colmar

Category:

sculpture

Name:

figure

Date:

circa 1882 1895

Period:

late 19th Century

Description:

Red-brown wax, with wire armature which projects as fingers from the hands, and from the lifted foot; attached to rectangular wooden base. The nude dancer stands in an arabesque on her right leg with her left arm extended in front.

Technique:

hand-modelling; whole; on wire

Material(s):

wax; figure; brown
wire; figure
wood (plant material); base

Technique
Description:

red-brown wax with wire armature, on wooden base

Dimension(s):

height, whole, 23.6, cm
height, wax, 20.6, cm

Acquisition:

given; 1990; Mellon, Paul, Mr and Mrs

Provenance:

Degas heirs, 1917; at Adrien. A. Hébrard, Paris; Nelly Hébrard; sold 1955 to M. Knoedler & Co., New York; sold 1956 to Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA.

Associated
Person:

Mellon, Paul; collector

Acquisition Credit:

Given by Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon in honour of Professor Michael Jaffé, Director 1973-1990.

Inscription:

signature; on base; Degas; signed Degas on wax base

Documentation:

, The Fitzwilliam Museum1982. Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Pevensey Pressp. 169
Publ. Illustrated in colour with short text.

Rewald, John. 1944. Degas, Works in Sculpture. A Complete Catalogue.London: Kegan, Paul & Co.p. p. 92
Ref. For the bronze model, p. 92, XXXVII & p. 92

Pingeot, Anne. 1991. Degas Sculptures.Colmar, Paris: p. p. 153
Publ. p. 153, no. 1 where the Fitzwilliam's wax and its provenance are cited.

, The Fitzwilliam Museum1990. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Annual Reports for the Fitzwilliam Museum Syndicate, Fitzwilliam Museum Trust, and Friends of the Fitzwilliam for the Year ending 31 December 1989.Cambridge (Cambs.):
Publ. pl. VI

, M. Knoedler & Company1955. Edgar Degas 1834-1917 Original Wax Sculptures.New York:
Ref. For other Degas waxes see M. Knoedler & Company, exhibition 9th November-3rd December, 1955, New York

Czestochowski, Joseph S.. Pingeot, Anne. 2002. Degas Sculptures, Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes.Memphis, USA: Torch Press and International Artsp. 148-9
Cf. pp. 148-9, Bronze no. 14, from the collection of the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Fitzwilliam Museum's wax model is mentioned, and its bronze numbered 14/T, M.36-1982

Campbell, Sara. A Catalogue of Degas' Bronzes.London:
Source Title: Apollo CXLII () : pp. 11-48
p. p. 17
Publ. Mentioned, pp. 11-48, on p. 17, under Bronze No. 14 (Fig. 14), Arabesque over the right leg, left arm in front

Related Object:

M.36-1982; Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front

Accession:

Object Number: M.6-1990
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 30438; input: 2001-06-18; modified: 2012-09-20)

Related
Resource:

French Impressionists - Online Exhibition

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/30438





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