Reproduction hand patinated on a black wooden base. Mold made from an impression of the original work by Hilaire Germain Edgar de Gas, known as Degas. Degas' demanding nature led him to sculpture in the late 1860s to better understand the movement and his studies were only intended to improve his paintings. He never showed them except for the little fourteen-year-old dancer he exhibited in 1881 at the sixth Impressionist exhibition. Degas refused to have his sculptures cast in bronze as the dealer Vollard would have wanted. This material would prevent him from doing it again, he thought.