Edgar Degas was a painter of horses and ballerinas. As he grew older his vision began to fade until he finally went blind. When this began, Degas swtiched mediums from paint to statue. This is the form of a 14 year old ballerina that Degas encountered at one of the dance studios where he'd go for inspirations. There are many many castings of this statue but the original is still wearing the clothing of that actual ballerina. Note how it is no flawlessly smooth but imagine closing your eyes and touching it. Many of Degas statue do not look perfect to the human eye but have that accurate feel.