Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Founder: Cast by A.-A. Hébrard et Cie (Paris)
Date: modeled possibly ca. 1895, cast 1920
Dimensions: Overall: 16 7/8 × 8 3/4 × 10 in. (42.9 × 22.2 × 25.4 cm)
Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number: 29.100.392
The skirt of the original sculpture is constructed of light-reflecting wax and bits of cork, evidently an attempt to create the sculptural equivalent of dancers in similar poses that are the subject of some of Degas' most colorful pastels. One of these, Two Dancers in Green Skirts, has been dated to about 1894–99 on the basis of stylistic considerations. This figure belongs to a series of sculptures of which two others and a related fourth are preserved in bronze. Two are similar to this one except that they are nude and display much more detailed modeling of the faces and feet. Their existence strengthens the supposition that in this figure Degas' interest was not in the anatomical details, but in the skirt.