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Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Date: modeled before ca. 1895–1900, cast 1920Accession Number: 29.100.377
Date: modeled after 1878, cast 1920Accession Number: 29.100.428
Date: modeled probably ca. 1884–89, cast 1920Accession Number: 29.100.393
Date: modeled probably ca. 1890 or later, cast 1920Accession Number: 29.100.383
Date: modeled probably ca. 1884, cast 1920Accession Number: 29.100.395
Date: modeled probably before 1890, cast 1920Accession Number: 29.100.398
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Four galleries (Gallery 814–817) feature the Museum's collection of works by Degas, one of the world's largest and most comprehensive.
Edgar Degas made sculptures throughout his long career, always working in wax. On display in this room are bronzes cast after some of his small-scale wax figures.
The subjects largely coincide with the themes of his most popular paintings and pastels: dancers, bathers, and racehorses. Only one of Degas's sculptures was shown during his lifetime: the nearly lifesize Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer (on view in Gallery 815). The other wax models were discovered in his studio after his death.
The Metropolitan's patron Louisine W. Havemeyer paid for bronzes to be cast of nearly half of the pieces and gave the Museum the first set ("A").
This gallery is one of three that comprise the Havemeyer Galleries.
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