Degas is principally known as a painter, sculpturing was almost
as important in his life. He began seriously to sculpt when he
was in his early forties and, although he probably had no thought
of exhibiting most of his sculpture, his modeling increasingly
became a major part of his work. At the time of his death his
studio contained more than one-hundred and fifty wax models which
he had made of dancing girls, race horses and women working or
bathing. With failing eyesight, sculpting became his principal
medium of expression at the end of his career.
"Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to
have it at fifty."
Edgar Degas (1834-1917)