Dance

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Edgar Degas

Grande Arabesque, Third Time (First Arabesque Penchée)
1882

Degas made annotated drawings of classical ballet positions in order to familiarise himself with the discipline. Similarly he modelled single dancers in wax and clay. The ‘grande arabesque' is a pose in which the dancer is supported on one leg with the other extended behind. Degas made differing versions of the position including three of the ‘arabesque penchée' (leaning). These show successive phases of the same movement, becoming increasingly lower each time.

The figures modelled by Degas were not intended for exhibition and no casts were made from them during his lifetime. After Degas's death, seventy-two of the small figures found in his studio were suitable to cast. Thirty-seven of these models were dancers.

  • Credits Sir Alexander Maitland Bequest 1965
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Height: 40.30 cm; Weight: 4kg

Ballet

Ballet is a highly technical type of dance which seeks to convey a story, idea or atmosphere using its own specific language. Like visual art, it is an international art form incorporating styles originating in different parts of the world.