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The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer Bronze Ballerina Sculpture, Signed: Degas

The model for this essentially realistic work is known to have been marie van goethem. Born on june 7, 1865, she was a student at the cole de danse in paris, and by 1880 she had been engaged as a dancer at the op ra. The care with which degas observed his model is reflected not only in the sculpture itself, but also in the unusual number of surviving sketches of the model in charcoal and pastel, as well as in a preparatory sculptural study of the figure in the nude.s of the model in charcoal and pastel, as well as in a preparatory sculptural study of the figure in the nude. The title, the little fourteen-year-old dancer (petite danseuse de quatorze ans), given to the original mixed-media sculpture when it was exhibited by degas in the sixth impressionist exhibition held in paris in 1881, provides the most solid evidence for the sculpture's date. The sculpture was molded by using the lost-wax casting method.this is an exquisite three-dimensional work of art for anyone who is degas enthusiast. read more