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ID number:  BIRBI-42.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Degas, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar (1834-1917)
Title / Object name:  Grande Arabesque, Third Time
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  about 1885-90
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  44.5 x 55.3 x 29 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from M.B. Asscher, February 1942, for £275
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Ballet dancers are Degas’ most famous subject matter, and he was clearly fascinated by the endless variety of their poses. This engaging study of concentration is the culmination of a series of three that show one of the basic ballet steps. Degas began to model in wax and clay in earnest only after his eyesight began to deteriorate in the 1880s, but the resulting works were not exhibited, cast or widely known until after his death. This is one of 22 casts made posthumously from the cast of a wax model found in Degas’ studio.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscribed on base: Degas. Foundry Mark on Base: CIRE/PERDUE/AA HEBRARD.

Notes:  Cast: Hébrard foundry, Paris, 1919-21

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Degas, Hilaire Germain Edgar
French
1834
1917
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