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Provenance

The artist [1834-1917]; his heirs;[1] Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard [1865-1937], Paris;[2] his daughter, Nelly Hébrard [1904-1985], Paris;[3] consigned 1955 to (M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York); purchased May 1956 by Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1955
Edgar Degas 1834-1917: Original Wax Sculptures, M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York, 1955, no. 19, repro.
1956
Sculpture by Degas, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1956.
1999
An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999-2000, as Study in the Nude for the Dressed Ballet Dancer, no cat.
2014
Degas's Little Dancer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2014-2015, brochure, fig. 9.
Bibliography
1918
Gsell, Paul. "Edgar Degas, statuaire." La Renaissance de l'Art Français et des Industries de Luxe (December 1918): 376.
1919
Lemoisne, Paul-André. "Les statuettes de Degas." Art et Décoration 214 (September-October 1919): 113, repro.
1949
Borel, Pierre. Les Sculptures inédites de Degas. Geneva, 1949: n.p., repro.
1956
Rewald, John. Degas Sculpture: The Complete Works. Translated by John Coleman and Noel Moulton. New York, 1956: no. XIX.
1976
Millard, Charles W. The Sculpture of Edgar Degas. Princeton, 1976: 99, figs. 23, 24.
1984
Shackelford, George. Degas: The Dancers. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1984: 74-75.
1988
Thomson, Richard. Degas: The Nudes. New York, 1988: 119-123, fig. 112.
1991
Pingeot, Anne. Degas Sculptures. Paris, 1991: no. 37, repro.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 69, repro.
1995
Barbour, Daphne. "Degas's Little Dancer: Not Just a Study in the Nude." Art Journal 54, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 28+.
1995
Campbell, Sara. "A Catalogue of Degas' Bronzes." Apollo 142 (August 1995): 38, no. 56.
1995
Sturman, Shelley, and Daphne Barbour. "The Materials of the Sculptor: Degas' Techniques." Apollo (1995): 52-53, fig. 6.
1998
Kendall, Richard, with contributions by Douglas W. Druick and Arthur Beale. Degas and the Little Dancer. Exh. cat. Josyln Art Museum, Omaha. New Haven and London, 1998: 35-36.
2002
Czestochowski, Joseph S., and Anne Pingeot. Degas--Sculptures. Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes. Memphis, 2002: 231, repro.
2009
Campbell, Sara, et al. Degas in the Norton Simon Museum: Nineteenth-Century Art. New Haven, 2009: 217-218.
2010
Lindsay, Suzanne Glover, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman. Edgar Degas Sculpture. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2010: no. 17, 144-149, color repro.
2017
Lomax, Suzanne Quillen, Barbara H. Berrie, and Michael Palmer. "Edgar Degas's Wax Sculptures: Characterization and Comparison with Contemporary Practice." In Degas, Daphne Barbour and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, eds. Facture. Conservation, Science, Art History 3 (2017): 50-77, esp. 65-66, 70, fig. 15 (UV photograph).
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