Degas Little Dancer of Fourteen Years Statue Large 18H

  • $155.00 USD

Our reproduction of Degas Little Dancer of Fourteen Years Statue is made from fiberglass resin, and measures 18 in H x 6.5 in W x 6 in D. PNTAL529

  • This is a large statue which would be lovely in the entry way of your home or on its own end table or pedestal.
  • Finish pictured: antique grey (white with grey wash).
  • Availability: made to order. Ships in 4 to 6 weeks.

The only sculpture exhibited by Degas in his lifetime, the wax version of the Little Dancer, caused a furor when first exhibited in 1881 because of its stark realism as Degas was clearly using the sculpture to question accepted ideas of art. A sympathetic critic observed: "The terrible truthfulness of this statuette is a source of obvious discomfort... all their notions about sculpture, about that cold, inanimate whiteness, those memorable stereotypes replicated for centuries, are demolished. The fact is that, on first blow M. Degas has overturned the conventions of sculpture." Even with the initial shock, the statue has become one of the most beloved interpretations of a dancer as a young girl captured in a pivotal life moment as she leaves childhood and enters young womanhood. It is frequently adored by mothers who like to give her as a gift to their daughters who are studying ballet.

Edgar Degas (1834-1917): Although Degas is mainly known as a painter, sculpting 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. Degas is traditionally associated with the French Impressionists for his pastel drawings and paintings of ballerinas preparing for their class or stage performance. His stark naturalism of the ballerinas was a break from tradition which had more typically idealized them. For this naturalism, his work is also classified with the Realism movement of the late 19th century.

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