Arabesque over Right Leg

French
19th century
modeled between 1880 and 1895, cast in bronze after 1919
Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

27.3 x 40.64 cm (10 3/4 x 16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.505

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Bronze. Right leg on rough base on thin rectangle with caster’s seal at corner, 1/B across. Left arm and leg stretched horizontally. Rough texture.

Signed

degas (inscribed, top right of base by foot)

Markings

foundry mark (stamped):

Cire Perdue
A. A. Hebrard

1/B (incised)

Provenance

Before 1936, sold by A. A. Hébrard et Cie, Paris, to Walther Halvorsen, New York [see note 1]. 1921, possibly sold by Durand-Ruel, New York [see note 2]. 1979, bequest of Margarett Williams Sargent McKean (b. 1892 - d. 1978), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 17, 1979)

NOTES:
[1] According to notes from the Hébrard archives, published in Anne Pingeot's Degas Sculptures (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale Éditions/Reunion des musées nationaux, 1991). In 1918 Hébrard signed a contract with the heirs of Edgar Degas to produce and sell bronze castings of the artist's sculptures.
[2] See 1992 letter from Norton Simon Museum staff, in curatorial file.

Credit Line

Bequest of Margarett Sargent McKean