Edgar Degas is a beloved Impressionist painter, master of pastel, and sculptor. Although he exhibited just one sculpture during his lifetime (the controversial "Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen"), Degas modeled in wax and clay in the privacy of his studio throughout his career, producing hundreds of small scale studies of horses, dancers and bathers that were seen only by close friends. It was not until his death -- 100 years ago -- that the extent of his sculptural production was discovered. Of the nearly 150 pieces found in his studio, 74 of the best-preserved examples were cast in bronze.
We are so fortunate to be neighbors of the remarkable Norton Simon Museum, which has a spectacular collection of Degas' modeles, the first and only set of bronze cast from the original wax and plaster statuettes. What makes this collection so special is that it can reveal evidence of Degas' handwork, allowing us to see the way in which Degas pressed and smeared the wax and plaster as if he were painting. Indeed, by presenting the bronzes alongside related pictures by Degas, the exhibition gives us the special opportunity to see how the radical and new techniques Degas employed in his sculpture also are found in his paintings and drawings.
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WHERE: Norton Simon Museum