Rearing horse

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
Modeled late 1880s; cast 1919-21
Copper alloy 
base: 1/8 x 9-11/16 x 7-11/16 in. (.3 x 24.6 x 19.5 cm); figure: 12-15/16 x 10-9/16 x 8-11/16 in. (32.9 x 26.8 x 22.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

No. 04, Modèle cast.

Degas was the only member of the Impressionist circle to generate a major body of sculpture. He sculpted his figures from a soft modeling material chiefly composed of wax. He preserved these wax sculptures in his studio for many years, and they were found shortly after his death in 1917. It was left to Degas' heirs and executor to oversee the casting in bronze of these wax originals. At the Hébrard foundry in Paris, a special studio was built for the difficult and delicate work of reproducing these waxes in bronze. The seventy-one unique Simon modèles are the original bronzes cast from Degas' waxes, and served as the foundry models to reproduce all of the subsequent sets.

The "Rearing Horse" is a phenomenally realistic and beautiful interpretation of the animal's gesture. The thrust of its head, graceful sway of the neck and raised front legs convincingly convey movement and strength. The textured surface adds to the work's naturalism.


Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard, Paris, to his daughter;
Nelly Hébrard, Paris;
[Alex Reid & Lefevre, London, sold 17 January 1977 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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