The Masseuse


Edgar Degas ( French, 1834 - 1917 )

Modeled between 1896 and 1911; cast after 1917
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General Description

The reclining figure pushes her leg forward; the stooped masseuse holds the outstretched leg in one hand while manipulating the tired dancer’s muscles with her other hand. Details have been eradicated in order to focus the attention on the interaction of the two figures and the sense of energy created through their momentary poses.

This sculpture was cast in bronze following Edgar Degas’s death after wax models found in his studio. You can see how the artist manipulated the once pliable material with his fingers and other tools.

Excerpt from

Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2012.


Created 1896-1911

Checked Piction

Inscription: Back right base (on top): Degas Incised on side at one corner: 55 / H Founder's mark (in relief) on top of base: Cire / Perdue / A A Hebrard

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