Degas. Dancer Ready to Dance
Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (1834-1917). Dancer Ready to Dance, Right Foot Forward, wax original circa 1885 -1890, bronze cast after 1919.
"From the late 1860s Degas took up sculpture, focusing in particular on ballerinas. Degas modelled his figures in a highly malleable mixture of wax and clay, using ordinary things like matchsticks, wire and wine corks to strengthen them. Here a bit of wire used as an armature is visible poking out of the right hand. Degas never had any of his sculpture cast in bronze."
The Courtauld Gallery.