Friday, 26 May 2006

A Young Dancer's Feet

Edgar Degas - Little Dancer of 14 Years (1881)
No, Coxsoft Art hasn't developed a foot fetish. Jacoblog wrote to me in defence of the BBC reporter who compared Damien Hirst's monstrosity No3, recently arrived at the RA, with Degas' Little Dancer of 14 years (1881). There is a superficial resemblance between the stance of the Little Dancer and the pose of the pregnant virgin, but Degas is really emphasizing the angle of that foot. He's showing us how a flexible young girl with years of dance training can hold such a pose without saying "Ouch!" or tearing her knee cartilage. Hirst isn't showing us anything of the kind. He's chosen an unrealistic pose to balance his structure. The more I see of it, the worst it gets. Those ridiculously upturned breasts remind me of Madonna in her pointy-bra phase, and the intact side of the virgin's head is that of a neanderthal. Gross!

6 Comments:

At 26/5/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

hahhahaa! Well, can't argue with that. The breasts do look a bit too perky, and the stance isn't EXACTLY Degas-esque, but I like it. I love Degas too though, so maybe I'm just weird. If he was going for the Little Dancer pose, he should have pushed it further and perhaps added a tutu...too.

 
At 26/5/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

I'd go for a shroud!

 
At 26/5/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

LOL!

 
At 27/5/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Eh?

 
At 30/5/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

LOL = Laugh out loud. The shroud comment made me laugh out loud...

 
At 31/5/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Oh, right. Great. We aim to please.

 

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