Current Exhibitions


Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor

Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor

The Norton Simon Museum presents Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, an illuminating exhibition that explores the compulsive nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice. Focusing on the Museum’s collection of modèles, the first and only set of bronzes cast from the artist’s original wax and clay statuettes, Taking Shape considers the affinities among sculpting, painting and drawing in Degas’s oeuvre. By presenting the modèle bronzes alongside related compositions from the Norton Simon’s renowned collection, this expansive body of Degas’s works celebrates the artist’s boundless enthusiasm for creation, and the act of making as an end in itself.


From top to bottom: Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), The Tub, 1889, Bronze no. 26, modèle cast, Norton Simon Art Foundation