An always inspiring visit to the Evagoras Lanitis Foundation as it proposes with it’s recently inaugurated exhibition, Degas: the complete sculptures collection to step into the creative world of a timeless work in bronze by the artist, Edgard Degas.
When gazing upon these extraordinary sculptures, it is hard to imagine that not a
single Degas bronze was ever cast during the artist’s lifetime. Every bronze in every
museum, and in every other public and private collection around the world, was cast
after the artist’s death.
Edgar Degas, who was born on July 19, 1834, began sculpting in the late
While the original sculptures he made are commonly referred to as his
“waxes,” they were primarily made of a soft modeling clay known as plasteline
which Degas then often mixed with beeswax. These materials remained malleable
and gave him the flexibility he needed to rework his original waxes over long
periods of time. He took great pleasure in experimenting and continued to do so in
an attempt to capture the perfect form*.
Considered as very personal intimate objects, today that these can be admired and enjoyed at the Evagoras Lanitis Art Center in Limassol, until the 12th of February 2012.
* Partly reproduced from a text about the casting of Degas’s Sculpture written by Walter Maibaum, a leading authority in modern European art.