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Grande Arabesque
Grande Arabesque
Grande Arabesque
Grande Arabesque
Grande Arabesque
Grande Arabesque

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Ballet dancers are Degas’ most famous subject matter and he was clearly fascinated by the endless variety of their poses. This engaging study of concentration is the culmination of a series of three that shows one of the basic ballet steps. Degas began to model in wax and clay in earnest only after his eyesight began to deteriorate in the 1880s, but the resulting works were not exhibited, cast or widely known until after his death.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

c.1885–1890

Medium

bronze

Measurements

H 44.5 x W 55.3 x D 29 cm

Accession number

42.1

Acquisition method

purchased from M. B. Asscher, 1942

Work type

Sculpture


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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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