Degas Ballerina, the Little Dancer Figurine
This extraordinary sculpture of Degas, also known as the Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer is modelled after a female student of dancing of the Opera Ballet at Paris by the name of Mary of Goethem. Degas created this work in the year 1881 and a rather tall sculpture, made in wax, but given original ballet clothes (bodice, tutu, slippers and a wig). This sculpture is noticeable for a number of reasons, the most important one is his deviation from the previous way of portraiture.
Degas presented his work for the first time in the same year that he had created it, namely in the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition. While few praised the work, many viewers were appalled by the dancer, as it showed such realistic features which did not fit with the idealised type of a young dancer. Instead, people saw it as mirroring an ape or a foreign, South-American indigenous girl. Some were even more sexist and saw in this girl the depraved vice and doubted the relation between Degas and the girl.
As there are a number of copies that were made from Degas' wax original by his heirs, nevertheless, these early casts yield enormous prices on the arts market. One, for example, was sold for over £13m in the year 2009. Fortunately the famous American philanthropist Paul Mellon (1907–1999) and his wife donated to the National Gallery of Art Washington the enormous amount of 49 Degas waxe works, 10 bronze casts, 2 works in plaster and the most comprehensive collection of sculptures by Degas sculptures.
How lucky you are that you can get your own copy for much less. Our copy is a wonderful hand-painted figurine which has been individually hand crafted by very skilled craftsmen. The figurine comes with an adorable skirt made from fabric.
This is a wonderful asset for the home of any art lover.
Height and variation: See through skirt as figurine of 11 cm or 16 cm or 20 cm or 36 cm (please chose)
White skirt as figurine of 20 cm and 36 cm (please chose)
Width: 6 x 6 cm
Made from Polystone