Degas as Sculptor: Historical Context

Explore Edgar Degas's life-sized copy of Nicolas Poussin’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, a painting that forecasts his lifelong commitment to depicting dramatic movement and expressive forms.

The narration was created in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, which examined the impulsive and instinctual nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice.