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Arabesque over Right Leg

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Bronze. Right leg on rough base on thin rectangle with caster's seal at corner, 1/B across. Left arm and leg stretched horizontally. Rough texture.

Signed

degas (inscribed, top right of base by foot)

Marks

foundry mark (stamped): Cire Perdue A. A. Hebrard 1/B (incised)

Provenance

Before 1936, sold by A. A. Hébrard et Cie, Paris, to Walther Halvorsen, New York [see note 1]. 1921, possibly sold by Durand-Ruel, New York [see note 2]. 1979, bequest of Margarett Williams Sargent McKean (b. 1892 - d. 1978), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 17, 1979) NOTES: [1] According to notes from the Hébrard archives, published in Anne Pingeot's Degas Sculptures (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale Éditions/Reunion des musées nationaux, 1991). In 1918 Hébrard signed a contract with the heirs of Edgar Degas to produce and sell bronze castings of the artist's sculptures. [2] See 1992 letter from Norton Simon Museum staff, in curatorial file.

Credit Line

Bequest of Margarett Sargent McKean

French, 19th century, modeled between 1880 and 1895, cast in bronze after 1919

Object Place

France

Dimensions

27.3 x 40.64 cm (10 3/4 x 16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.505

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture