Edgar Degas Dancer at Rest, her Hands on her Hips, Right Leg Forward c.1890, cast 1919–20

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Edgar Degas 1834–1917
Dancer at Rest, her Hands on her Hips, Right Leg Forward
Danseuse au repos, les mains sur les reins, la jambe droite en avant
Date c.1890, cast 1919–20
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 457 x 152 x 229 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1949
Not on display

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'Dancer at Rest', like the majority of Degas' sculptures, depicts a female model in a pose which occurs in a number of his pastels and oil paintings. In these, she appears both as a dancer resting in the wings and as a bather in her bedroom. There is some uncertainty about Degas' ambitions for his sculptures. Only one was ever exhibited in his lifetime, and he maintained that they were 'documentary, preparatory motions', created to assist him with his work on paper and canvas. This seems to be supported by the fact that, as with 'Dancer at Rest', the models' faces are always ill-defined, in contrast to the detailed description of their physiques.

September 2004

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