Ballet Dancer, Dressed (The little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer)

Edgar Degas1879/1881

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Copenhagen V, Denmark

Degas has sharpened the contrast between realism and art by combining bronze with a tulle skirt and a silk ribbon. Not all critics cared for the little dancer. She was too far removed from contemporary ideals of beauty and there was the widespread notion that an ugly exterior reflected loose morals, so it is not surprising that the sculpture evoked negative associations.


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