Capturing Movement: The Sculptures of Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, primarily known for his paintings and drawings, also created sculptures, though they were not as widely recognized during his lifetime. Degas' sculptures often depicted dancers, a subject he explored extensively in his paintings and drawings as well. His sculptures captured movement and form with a unique sense of realism and dynamism.

One of Degas' most famous sculptures is "The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years" (La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans). This sculpture, created in wax around 1881 and later cast in bronze after his death, depicts a young ballet dancer named Marie van Goethem. It's a strikingly realistic portrayal, where real fabric was used for the dancer's clothing and hair. Degas' exploration of this subject challenged conventional notions of beauty and idealism in art, as the figure of the young dancer was not glamorized but rather depicted with honesty and depth.

In addition to "The Little Dancer," Degas created numerous other sculptures, many of which also focused on dancers. These sculptures often portrayed dancers in various poses and movements, capturing the essence of ballet and the human form in motion. Our jewelry inspired by Degas' sculptures pays homage to his creative process and his fascination with movement and the human figure.


Degas Dancer Brooch by Museum Reproductions

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.