Edgar Degas Sculpture

About the Authors

Suzanne Glover Lindsay is adjunct associate professor in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Daphne S. Barbour is a senior object conservator at the National Gallery of Art.

Shelley G. Sturman is head of object conservation at the National Gallery of Art.

Edgar Degas Sculpture

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Suzanne Glover Lindsay, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman

Edgar Degas is perhaps best known as a painter, but his most widely known work is a sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Executed in wax, nearly life-sized, and dressed in a ballerina's tutu, the sculpture caused a sensation when it was exhibited in 1881. It is the only sculpture Degas ever showed publicly, though more than one hundred—of dancers, horses, and bathers—were found in his studio after he died, all dusty, some fallen apart. For almost 40 years after his death, these works were known only through the bronzes his heirs had cast from the originals.Then, in 1955, the waxes themselves appeared on the art market. Thanks to the discernment and generosity of Paul Mellon, the majority are now preserved at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, most on permanent display.


This groundbreaking volume honors this extraordinary gift. Linking art and science, it brings together insights from a distinguished art historian, and the specialized knowledge of National Gallery conservators and scientists. This systematic catalog documents every Degas sculpture in the Gallery's collection with art-historical and technical discussions, including essays on the artist's life, his technique and materials, and the story of the sculptures after his death.

  • Hardcover
  • 9.9 x 11.5 inches
  • 408 Pages
  • Published: 2010


Finalist, 2012 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for the most distinguished catalogue in the history of art
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