About the Little Dancer statue
This now iconic little dancer statue is a reproduction of Edgar Degas’ most famous sculpture: 14-year-old little dancer. This replica is faithful to the original because it includes a cloth skirt and hair bow as had the original. Degas’ signature appears on the backside of the base and the statue comes with a Facts about Degas and his art description card.
- Size: 6.5 in. x 3.1 in. x 2.9 in.
- Material: resin, fabric skirt, and bow, tinted wooden base
- Weight (lbs): 0.6
- Care instruction: keep away from wet and use dust cloth.
Check out also Degas’ ballerina statue in bigger size
Degas created the little dancer statue between 1879 and 1881 and it represents a young student of the Opéra de Paris Ballet dance school. Artist used wax to modeled the dancer and dressed her in a real ballerina’s tutu. At that time, Little Dancer caused a strong reaction when it was exhibited in 1881.
About Degas’ art of sculpting
Degas was first a painter and came to sculpting when his eyesight began to fail. Then, he developed a strong sense of touch and started to dedicate his art and creativity to sculpting. After he had carefully modeled the body in wax, he adorned it with real hair and clothes. On top of the bodice, he then worked again with wax, so this was to become a solid part of the figure when it was cast in bronze.
This Little Dancer statue broke with 19th-century academic practice by introducing unusual mixed materials and representing a provocative modern subject. His dancer is the only sculpture Edgar Degas exhibited publicly.
After this, Degas never exhibited any of his work again and his other sculptures remained unknown during his lifetime. They were discovered only after he died in 1917. However, The little dancer statue is nowadays one of Degas’ most popular artworks and admired masterpiece.