Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front
Degas, Edgar, sculptor, French artist, 1834-1917, Paris, Colmar
circa 1882 1895
late 19th Century
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.
hand-modelling; whole; on wire
wax; figure; brown
wood (plant material); base
red-brown wax with wire armature, on wooden base
height, with base, 23.5, cm
width, with base, 13.7, cm
length, wax, 27.5, cm
height, wax, 20.6, cm
given; 1990; Mellon, Paul, Mr and Mrs
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.
Mellon, Paul; collector
Given by Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon in honour of Professor Michael Jaffé, Director 1973-1990.
signature; on base; Degas; signed Degas on wax base
Woudhuysen, P.. 1982. 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
M.36-1982; Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front
Object Number: M.6-1990
(record id: 30438; input: 2001-06-18; modified: 2015-09-11)