Since Degas’s surviving sculptures represent only a portion of his entire production, and since none is dated, it is difficult to establish a chronology. Those that still exist depict Degas’s favorite subjects. With the exception of a few sculpted heads, these include horses, dancers, and women—bathing or dressing—all caught in a fleeting moment. It has been suggested that, while Degas appears to have engaged adolescent models to pose for his earlier works, the later sculptures depict more mature and less slender sitters. In accordance with the artist’s expressive and summary late painting style, the surface here is rough and coarse. The face is indicated by a few flat planes, and the missing left foot either broke off from the wax model or perhaps never existed at all.
[A. A. Hébrard, Paris]; [Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York, 1945]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1945–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 59).
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Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 83).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Small Bronzes," September 5, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.
John Rewald. Degas: Works in Sculpture. A Complete Catalogue. New York, 1944, p. 27, no. LVIII.
John Rewald. Degas Sculpture. New York, 1956, pp. 24, 154, no. LVIII, pl. 73.
Fiorella Minervino inL'opera completa di Degas. Milan, 1970, p. 142, no. S 14.
Charles W. Millard. The Sculpture of Edgar Degas. Princeton, 1976, pp. 35, 69.
Sabine Rewald inTwentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 57–59, 298, ill. (color and bw).