One of my favorite Spring and Fall Art Events is the Impressionist and Modern Art Auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's in New York City. As was written in the New York Times last Friday, "Before the Gavel Falls, It's All Free to Look At." The paintings, drawings and sculptures that are being offered for sale at these auctions. are usually going from one private owner to another - meaning that most are infrequently seen by the public.
My husband and I loved the preview at Christies, and they have wonderful audio descriptions of 8 major works on their website at this link.
I love ballet, ballet classes, and Degas for his many paintings, drawings, and sculptures of ballet dancers. This one is beautiful - much more sophisticated in its rendering than many in the collection of bronzes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I stood quietly, off-to-the-side, and sketched her, enjoying my brief minutes with her beauty. The sculpture is 16" high and 21 5/8 inches long. The estimated sale price is $600,000-800,000. I will be able to look at the final sale price after the auction, but no information about her new home will be available.