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ID number:  BIRBI-48.17
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Degas, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar (1834-1917)
Title / Object name:  Dancer Ready to Dance, the Right Foot Forward
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  Model: about 1885-90; Cast: 1919-21
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  56.5 x 32.2 x 21.5 cm
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's, 24 November 1948, lot 110, for £420

This figure is one of more than 30 studies Degas of ballerinas, his favourite subject matter. The pose suggests a ballerina in class or on the stage, and
was probably inspired by dancers of the Paris Opéra. It is cast no. 57/J out of 22 casts made posthumously from the cast of a wax model found in Degas’ studio. His models in wax and clay were a private medium, like sketches or drawings, in which he explored formal problems that fascinated him.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscribed on base: Degas. Foundry mark on base: CIRE/PERDUE/ A A HEBRARD.

Notes:  Model: Paris. Cast: Hébrard foundry, Paris, 1919-21.
Cast no. 57/J out of 22.

Exhibited: 'Degas Dancers', Royal Academy, London, UK, 17 September 2011 - 11 December 2011

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Degas, Hilaire Germain Edgar
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