Dancer Moving Forward, Arms Raised, Right Leg Forward

(c. 1882-1895)/(cast 1919-1932)

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

Bronze, 27 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (69.2 x 31.4 x 31.7 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.1298

[Degas Heirs]
E. Bachmann, New York.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Sale 1897, 15 April 1959, no. 25 ill. p. 16 (as Valsuani cast)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 15 April 1959-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 105.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975.
JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, Lincoln, Nebraska. "Degas and the Little Dancer," 7 February-3 May 1998. TOUR: STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK INSTITUTE, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 30 May-8 September; BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, Maryland, 4 October-3 January 1999.
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, Michigan. "Degas and the Dance," 18 October 2002-12 January 2003. TOUR: PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, Pennsylvania, 16 February-11 May 2003.
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. 26, p. 22, ill. p. 77. (Illustration may not be HMSG's cast.)
REWALD, JOHN. Degas Sculpture (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1956), no. 26, p. 146, fig. 9. (Illustration may not be HMSG's cast.)
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 680, ill. 81.
REWALD, JOHN. Degas's complete sculpture (San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1990), no. 26, pp. 90-1.
PINGEOT, ANNE. Degas Sculptures (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1991) , no. 19, p. 161.
CAMPBELL, SARA. "A catalogue of Degas' bronzes," Apollo 142/402 (August 1995), no. 72, HER.D, p. 46.

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