Edgar Degas
Dancer Putting on her Stocking c.1900, posthumous cast

Artwork details

Edgar Degas 1834–1917
Dancer Putting on her Stocking
Danseuse mettant son bas
Date c.1900, posthumous cast
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 470 x 222 x 267 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund 1951
Not on display

Display caption

Resting on a small base, the figure is shown in mid-movement, in a pose that could not be long sustained by either a dancer or a professional model. Movement was one of the great themes of Degas' art, whether it was that of a ballet dancer or of a racehorse. Degas was familiar with the high-speed photographs of Eadweard Muybridge, and is known to have based certain drawings and sculptures on them. This work may have been suggested by a Muybridge photograph of 1887, titled 'Woman Sitting Down in Chair and Pulling on Stocking'.

August 2004

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