Dancer looking at the Sole of her Right Foot

Degas' Dancer sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

One of the key figures of French Impressionism, Edgar Degas often focused on images of the ballet. In paintings, pastels and sculptures, the artist focused on the movements and physical presence of young dancers. Unlike his paintings and pastels, the artist’s sculptures were not as well known during his lifetime. Originally conceived in wax, sculptures such as Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot preserve both the textures and suggested impression of a figure as it moves through space and time.