Although Degas is mainly known as a painter, he also produced a number of sculptures. Their characteristic rough, almost "unfinished" surface gives them a sense of tactile immediacy and liveliness. As in his paintings, Degas was interested in showing ordinary figures from contemporary life. The “schoolgirl” was probably someone Degas had noticed in the street.
Artist Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
Foundry A. A. Hebrard
  • Schoolgirl
Date cast after 1917
Medium bronze
Dimensions Overall: 11 × 4 3/4 × 5 15/16 inches, 5.4 pounds (28 × 12.1 × 15.1 cm, 2.4 kg)
Credit Line Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Kamperman
Accession Number 56.173
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
Not On View
Marks Marked, estate cachet, stamped into wax before casting, top of base, proper left side: Degas
Marked, foundry mark stamped into wax before casting, top of base, proper right rear corner, facing rear: CIRE | PERDUE | A A HEBRARD
until September 1956, (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, New York, USA);
September-November 23, 1956, (Fine Arts Associates, New York, New York, USA);
purchased for the DIA with funds from Dr. and Mrs. George Kamperman;
1956-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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