Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Cora Wandel

Washington, D.C., United States

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This is the original “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” made by Edgar Degas around 1880. The statuette is made of wax and clay, has cloth garments and a wig of human hair. The sculpture stirred a lot controversy when it first appeared at a Paris impressionist exhibition in 1881, and Degas withdrew it from the competition because of the uproar. It was the unusual subject — a young girl “aged fourteen” — and the highly unorthodox use of human hair, and actual clothing, that caused the controversy. The statuette disappeared from sight and was not publicly seen again until after Degas’s death in 1917 when it was found in the artist’s studio. Since then, it has been widely accepted and acclaimed, and others have made over thirty bronze or plaster versions of it. The original “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” is the centerpiece of a Degas exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it was photographed.

Camera: Canon Rebel X5i 700D
(ISO: 2500; SS: 1/30; AV: 4.0; FL: 20.0mm; Lens: 18-135mm)

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