Woman Putting on a Stocking

Edgar Degas French

Not on view

Since Degas’s surviving sculptures represent only a portion of his entire production, and since none are 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.

Woman Putting on a Stocking, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Bronze

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