Horse with Head Lowered

Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)

Founder: Cast by A.-A. Hébrard et Cie (Paris)

Date: modeled probably ca. 1883–90, cast 1920

Culture: French

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Overall: 7 1/8 × 10 3/4 × 3 1/4 in. (18.1 × 27.3 × 8.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Bronze

Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.430


Most of the models for Degas' horses were Thoroughbreds, raised for the speed and competition of racing. Degas' aim was to capture their spirited movements with ever-increasing accuracy. This bronze also records the damage to the right front leg of the original sculpture, damage that exposed the wire armature used to support the fragile wax medium.