About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834–1917

Dancer Ready to Dance, Right Foot Forward, modeled 1882-95 (cast 1919/21)

Bronze
56.2 x 38.7 cm (22 1/8 x 13 1/4 in.); base: 22.2 x 12.1 cm (8 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)
Mark: "57 [over] HER.D"
Signature: "DEGAS"
Foundry mark: "CIRE PERDUE A.HEBRARD"

Wirt D. Walker Endowment, 1950.112

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in the Art Institute of Chicago," 19 July – 23 September 1984, no. 72.

Art Gallery of Alberta, "Degas: Figures in Motion," 22 January - 30 May 2010, no cat.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas: At the Track, On the Stage," July 1, 2015-February 26, 2016, no cat.

Publication History

John Rewald, Degas: Works in Sculpture, A Complete Catalogue (New York, 1944), pp. 25, 103, no. 46.

Art Institute of Chicago, "Recent Purchases and Gifts," Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin, 44, 4 (November 1950), n. p.

New York, M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., Edgar Degas, 1834–1917: Original Wax Sculptures (1955), no. 45, fig. 45.

John Rewald, Degas Sculpture: The Complete Works (New York, 1957), p. 151, no. 46, pls. 34–35.

Fiorella Minervino, L’Opera completa di Degas (Milan, 1970), p. 142, cat. S36.

Charles W. Millard, The Sculpture of Edgar Degas (Princeton, 1976), pp. 24, 67, fig. 51.

Anne Pingeot, Degas: Sculptures (Paris, 1991), pp. 170–71, no. 36.

Sara Campbell, "A Catalogue of Degas’ Bronzes," Apollo 142, 402 (August 1995), pp. 38–39, no. 57.

Joseph S. Czestochowski and Anne Pingeot, Degas Sculptures: Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes (Memphis, 2002), pp. 232–33, no. 57.

Ownership History

Commissioned by Edgar Degas’s heirs from the Hébrard Foundry, Paris, May 1918; René DeGas Family, Paris, by 1921 [see Czestochowski and Pingeot, pp. 15]; by descent to the DeGas-Musson Family, New Orleans, before 1950 [see source cited above, p. 233]; sold by Gaston DeGas-Musson and the Musson Family to the Elkin and Albris Silberman Galleries, New York, January 19, 1950 [see source cited above; see also agreement of sale, January 19, 1950, DeGas-Musson Family Papers, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, copy in curatorial file]; sold by Silberman Galleries to the Art Institute, 1950.




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