Edgar Degas (French, 18341917)
Bronze, number 13/A; 6 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 5 6/16 in. (16.5 x 22.5 x 16.2 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.433)
The original wax version of the Horse at Trough is probably one of the earliest surviving sculptures by Degas. It has long been recognized as the same horse that stands drinking on the bank of the spring in the painting Mlle Fiocre in the Ballet "La Source" that is now in the Brooklyn Museum in New York. The ballet, choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon to music by Ludwig Minkus and Léo Delibes, opened at the Paris Opéra on November 12, 1866. Degas' painting was exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1868. The celebrated Eugénie Fiocre (18451908) was the subject of several drawings by Degas, as well as an enchanting portrait bust by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.