Tango/Passion Dance - After Edgar Degas (1834-1917, France) In this bronze sculpture, two dancers are engaged in the passion of the tango, characterized by a close embrace, rhythmic footwork and an overflow of emotion between the pair. The handmade bronze sculpture was molded using the ancient method of lost wax casting and stained with a brown patina finish. It is mounted on a marble base, stamped European Bronze Finery, and inscribed with the name Edgar Degas. The dimensions with the marble base are 15" x 10" and the weight is 25 pounds. Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 - 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas, was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. He created sculptures, but the original figures were modelled in wax and never left the studio. Degas regarded them as something private and did not exhibit them. Today we can see the varying poses and "twisted" bodies because Degas' heirs had the wax figures cast in bronze after the artist's death in 1917.