Friday, 9 January 2009

Little Dancer Sale

Edgar Degas - The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans)Edgar Degas' famous statue of a young ballet dancer, Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years), has been put up for transfer by Sir John Madejski, chairman of Reading football club. The wax model (circa 1879-81) was found in Degas' studio after his death and cast in bronze in 1922. It will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London on 3 February and is expected to fetch between £9m and £12m.

2 Comments:

At 5/2/09, Blogger Robert said...

But do we actually know how many were cast? Hundreds or is it thousands? He had it in his studio for many years made of wax. The colouring of the wax was done in such a way to suggest stage lighting and she even had coloured lips! It is worth reading the full story, including the documentary one of the TV Channels did on it. The model herself had a sad life.

 
At 5/2/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Robert

I read somewhere that the original wax sculpture had a tutu of real material. True or false? This work seems to be the stuff of myth and legend. No idea how many were cast.

 

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