By Edgar Degas / The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer / 19th-20th century (executed ca. 1880; cast in 1922)By Edgar Degas
The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer
19th-20th century (executed ca. 1880; cast in 1922)

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Creator Name: Degas, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Dates/Places: 1834-1917
Creator Name-CRT: By Edgar Degas
Creator Name: Hébrard, A. A.
Creator Role: Founder
Creator Name-CRT: Cast by A. A. Hébrard
Title: The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer
View: Alternate View
Creation Start Date: 1880
Creation End Date: 1880
Creation Date: 19th-20th century (executed ca. 1880; cast in 1922)
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-bronze
Materials and Techniques: Bronze, partially tinted, with cotton skirt and satin hair-ribbon; wood base
Dimensions: H. (w/out base) 39 in. (99.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 29.100.370
Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929

Degas exhibited the original version of this sculpture at the sixth Impressionist exhibition, in 1881. The wax figure, tinted to simulate flesh, was clothed in a real bodice, tutu, and ballet slippers and topped by a horsehair wig tied with a silk ribbon. The care with which Degas observed his model, a ballet student in the Paris Opéra named Marie van Goethem, is reflected in the extraordinary number of surviving sketches in charcoal and pastel as well as in the preparatory sculptural study of the figure in the nude.

AMICA ID: MMA_.29.100.370
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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