Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Founder: Cast by A.-A. Hébrard et Cie (Paris)
Date: modeled probably ca. 1860–68, cast 1920
Dimensions: 6-1/2 x 8-7/8 x 5-5/16 in. (16.5 x 22.5 x 13.5 cm.)
Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number: 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 (1845–1908) was the subject of several drawings by Degas, as well as an enchanting portrait bust by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.