H. w. base: 11-5/8 in. (29.5 cm.); H. w/out base: 10-5/8 in. (27 cm.); W. 4-5/8 in. (11.7 cm.); D. 5-7/8 in. (14.9 cm.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Claus von Bülow, 1977
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 814
Degas's sculpture stands quite outside the mainstream of nineteenth-century French sculpture. He was never interested in creating public monuments, neither did he ever display his sculpture publicly, with the exception of The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. Instead, it remained a private medium, akin to sketches or drawings, in which he limited himself largely to certain sets of subjects within which he explored the problems that fascinated him. The human figures are often repetitions of the same subject, each displaying subtle variaitons in composition or in the dynamics of movement or tension within the figure.
Signature: Inscribed on the bronze base and incised in the model: Degas
Marking: On the bronze base, stamped in the model: CIRE/ PERDUE/ A A HEBRARD (founder's mark); incised in the model: 11/20 (serial number)
[ E. V. Thaw & Co. , New York, 1977; sold to MMA ] ; Mr. and Mrs. Claus von Bülow (until 1977; to MMA)