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Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front (Danseuse, arabsque ouverte sur la jambe droite, bras gauche en avant, deuxième étude)

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Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front

Translated title

Danseuse, arabsque ouverte sur la jambe droite, bras gauche en avant, deuxième étude


Degas, Edgar (sculptor) [ULAN info: French artist, 1834-1917]






Red-brown wax, with wire armature which projects as fingers from the hands, and from the lifted foot; attached to rectangular wooden base. The nude dancer stands in an arabesque on her right leg with her left arm extended in front.

Production Place

Colmar, Paris (sculptor) (place)

France, (sculptor) (country)

French (sculptor) (nationality)

Technique Description

red-brown wax with wire armature, on wooden base


height: (whole): 23.6 cm
height: (wax): 20.6 cm


late 19th Century


circa 1882 to 1895


given: Mellon, Paul, Mr and Mrs 1990 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Degas heirs, 1917; at Adrien. A. Hébrard, Paris; Nelly Hébrard; sold 1955 to M. Knoedler & Co., New York; sold 1956 to Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA.

Given by Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon in honour of Professor Michael Jaffé, Director 1973-1990.


  1. signature
    Position: on base
    Content: Degas
    Description: signed Degas on wax base


  1. (1991) Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Annual Reports for the Fitzwilliam Museum Syndicate, Fitzwilliam Museum Trust, and Friends of the Fitzwilliam for the Year ending 31 December 1990, Cambridge (Cambs.)
    [comments: Publ. pl. VI]
  2. Pingeot, Anne (1991) Degas Sculptures, Colmar, Paris [page: p. 153]
    [comments: Publ. p. 153, no. 1 where the Fitzwilliam's wax and its provenance are cited.]
  3. Campbell, Sara A Catalogue of Degas' Bronzes, London [page: p. 17]
    Source title: Apollo (
    [comments: Publ. Mentioned, pp. 11-48, on p. 17, under Bronze No. 14 (Fig. 14), Arabesque over the right leg, left arm in front]
  4. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 169]
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated in colour with short text.]
  5. Rewald, John (1944) Degas, Works in Sculpture. A Complete Catalogue, London: Kegan Paul [page: p. 92]
    [comments: Ref. For the bronze model, p. 92, XXXVII & p. 92]
  6. (1955) Edgar Degas 1834-1917 Original Wax Sculptures, New York
    [comments: Ref. For other Degas waxes see M. Knoedler & Company, exhibition 9th November-3rd December, 1955, New York]
  7. Czestochowski, Joseph S. (2002) Degas Sculptures, Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes, Memphis, USA: Torch Press and International Arts [page: 148-9]
    [comments: Cf. pp. 148-9, Bronze no. 14, from the collection of the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Fitzwilliam Museum's wax model is mentioned, and its bronze numbered 14/T, M.36-1982]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.6-1990 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 30438; Input Date: 2001-06-18 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

Related Object

M.36-1982 - Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front

Related Resources

French Impressionists - Online Exhibition

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