A Young Dancer's Feet
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!