barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

A horse trotting

Paris, late 1880s

Cast: Hébrard foundry, Paris, 1919-21

Bronze

22.5 x 22.2 cm

 

Degas’ interest in horses is evidenced by his numerous paintings with racecourse subjects, such as the Barber’s magnificent ‘Jockeys Before the Race’ of c.1878-9.

This model may have been inspired by a photograph of ‘The Trot’ by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), the pioneering English photographer of animal locomotion, first published in France in 1881. It is one of 22 casts made from a wax model found in Degas’ studio after his death.

Purchased 1950 (50.3)

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