European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Little Dancer, Aged FourteenMade in Paris, France, Europe
Executed in wax 1878-81; cast in bronze after 1922
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French, 1834 - 1917. Bronze cast by the foundry Adrien Hébrard, Paris.
Bronze, tulle, and silk
1986-26-11The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986
LabelDegas depicted young ballet dancers--in performances, at rehearsals, or at moments of exhausted rest--in numerous paintings, drawings, pastels, and monotypes. In 1878, he added sculpture to his investigation of the theme. A young dancer named Marie van Goethem posed for what would be the only sculpture that Degas exhibited in his lifetime. Originally executed in wax and shown in 1881, the work daringly incorporated real elements such as the dancer's tulle tutu and silk hair ribbon. The sculpture was cast in bronze around 1922, several years after Degas's death.
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