- Edgar Degas 1834–1917
- Original title
- Danseuse au repos, les mains sur les reins, la jambe droite en avant
- Object: 457 x 152 x 229 mm
- Purchased 1949
Edgar Degas 1834-1917
N05920 Danseuse au Repos, les Mains sur les Reins, la Jambe droite en avant (Dancer at rest, her Hands on her Hips, Right Leg forward) c.1890-5
Stamped 'Degas', '41/I' and founder's stamp 'CIRE | PERDUE | A.A. HÉBRARD' on base
Bronze, 17 ½ x 5 x 9 (44.5 x 12.7 x 23), the depth including the projecting base
Purchased from Roland, Browse and Delbanco (Benson and Cleve Funds) 1949
Prov: Mlle Jeanne Fèvre (the artist's niece); with Galerie Kaganovitch, Paris; with Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
Lit: John Rewald, Degas: Works in Sculpture (New York 1944), No.XXIII, p.22, repr. pp.72, 73 (assigned to the period 1882-95); John Rewald, Degas: Sculpture (London 1957), No.XXIII, p.145, repr. pls.55, 56 and fig.7; Michèle Beaulieu, 'Les Sculptures de Degas: Essai de Chronologie' in Revue du Louvre, XIX, No.6, 1969, p.375; Charles W. Millard, The Sculpture of Edgar Degas (Princeton 1976), pp.71, 102, wax repr. pl.47
This pose, with the feet in fourth position and the hands on the hips, appears in a number of pictures of dancers from about 1890 onwards (e.g. Lemoisne No.1015): the dancer is seen in the wings of the theatre preparing to go on stage. There is also a very similar sculpture of a nude figure (Rewald No.XXII) and another sculpture, apparently later, in which the figure wears a ballet skirt (No.LII).
The original is in green wax; pieces of cork appear in the base.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.153, reproduced p.153