Dancer: Arabesque on Right Leg, Left Arm in Line

(c. 1877-1885)/(cast c. 1919-1931)

Edgar Degas, French, b. Paris, 1834–1917

Bronze, 12 x 16 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (30.5 x 42.7 x 9.5 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.1296

Provenance:
Mme A.A. Hébrard (widow of Adrien of the Foundry / Galerie Hébrard), Paris
M. Knoedler, New York, to 22 October 1958 (#A7075, with provenance, identified as one of the sets "reserved for the founder")
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 22 October 1958-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. "Sculpture in Our Time: Collected by Joseph H. Hirshhorn," 5 May-23 August 1959, no. 25, ill. p. 19. Tour: MILWAUKEE ART CENTER, 10 September-11 October; WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, 25 October-6 December; WILLIAM ROCKHILL NELSON GALLERY OF ART, Kansas City, Missouri, 20 December-31 January 1960; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 1-27 March; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY, SCIENCE AND ART, 11 April-15 May; M. H. DE YOUNG MEMORIAL MUSEUM, San Francisco, 29 May-10 July; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, Colorado, 24 July-4 September; ART GALLERY OF TORONTO, 30 September-31 October.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 107, p. 212, ill. p. 43.
MARLBOROUGH-GERSON GALLERY, New York. "Artist and Maecenas: A Tribute to Curt Valentin," November-December 1963, no. 13, ill. p. 28.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 82, p. 67, p. 680.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (organizer). "The Human Figure Interpreted: Modern Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum." TOUR: TAIPEI FINE ARTS MUSEUM, China, 25 March-28 May 1995, p. 42, ill. p. 43; separate catalogue for Japan, no. 1, ill. p. 49. TOUR: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SHIGA, Otsu, Japan, 1 July-6 August 1995; ODAKYU MUSEUM, Tokyo, 9 August-28 August 1995; IWAKI CITY ART MUSEUM, 23 September-5 November 1995; TAKAMATSU CITY MUSEUM OF ART, 10 November-10 December 1995.
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, Georgia. "Degas and America: The Early Collectors," 28 February-27 May 2001. TOUR: MINNEAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART, 19 June-9 September.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA - 2003
JANE VORHEES ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM, New Brunswick, NJ. "Breaking the Mold: Sculpture in Paris from Daumier to Degas," 23 October 2005-12 March 2006, fig. 177.
ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA, Edmonton. "Degas: Figures in Motion," 22 January-30 May 2010.

Published References:
REWALD, JOHN. Degas: Works in Sculpture, A Complete Catalogue (New York: Pantheon, 1944), no. 42, p. 24, ill. p. 97. (Illustration may not be HMSG's cast.)
REWALD, JOHN. Degas Sculpture (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1956), no. 42, p. 150, plate 36. (Illustration may not be HMSG's cast.)
JACOBY, MAUREEN R., ed. The Official Guide to the Smithsonian (CBS Publication, 1973), p. 105.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 680, ill. 82 p. 67.
MILLARD, CHARLES W. The Sculpture of Edgar Degas (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976), p. 24.
Illustration: School Arts 77/2 (October 1977), colorplate p. 35 (as c. 1882-95).
STUMPF, SAMUEL E. Elements of Philosophy: An Introduction (New York : McGraw-Hill, 1979), ill. p. 14.
LEFTON, LESTER A. Psychology (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc., 1985), ill. p. 60 (as c. 1882-95).
REWALD, JOHN. Degas's complete sculpture (San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1990), no. 42, pp. 122-23.
PINGEOT, ANNE. Degas Sculptures (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1991), no. 4, p. 154.
CAMPBELL, SARA. "A catalogue of Degas' bronzes," Apollo 142/402 (August 1995), no. 3, unmarked cast, p. 12.
MARTINEZ, BENJAMIN and JACQUELINE BLOCK. Visual Forces: An Introduction to Design 2nd ed. (New Jersey: Englewood Cliffs/Prentice Hall, 1995), fig. B, p. 185.

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