About this artwork
Made in preparation for the sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, this remarkable drawing depicts the model Marie van Goethem from three different perspectives: left profile, right profile, and facing the viewer. Edgar Degas wanted to understand the figure in the round, in two dimensions, before he approached the sculpture in three dimensions.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
- Three Studies of a Dancer in Fourth Position
- Charcoal and pastel with stumping, and touches of brush and black wash, on grayish-tan laid paper with blue fibers, laid down on gray wove paper
- Signed recto, lower left, in black pastel: "Degas"
- 480 × 616 mm
- Bequest of Adele R. Levy