Écolière (Little School Girl)

Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas

French, 1834 - 1917

Écolière (Little School Girl), 1910

  • Not On View

Bronze

Dimensions: 10 1/2 × 4 3/4 × 5 7/8 in. (26.7 × 12.1 × 14.9 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, 1961.6

This bronze sculpture by Edgar Degas depicts an écolière (French for schoolgirl), holding a book bag in her right hand and clasping her long braided hair in her left hand. Known for his depictions of modern life and society, Degas most often found inspiration in the women of nineteenth-century Paris. Though his paintings were regularly seen at Impressionist exhibitions during the 1870s and 1880s, he only exhibited one sculpture during his lifetime (a piece titled Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer).

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