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Degas and the Little Dancer

Author: Richard Kendall; Edgar Degas; Douglas W Druick; Arthur Beale; Joslyn Art Museum.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press ; Omaha, Neb. : Joslyn Art Museum, ©1998.
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Degas's sculpture of the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is one of the most celebrated images of our age. Although it caused immediate controversy when first exhibited in 1881, it is now recognized as the sculptural masterpiece of Impressionism. After the artist's death, the Original wax was reproduced in at least thirty plaster and bronze casts that are now scattered throughout the world and inspire delight among
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Tentoonstellingscatalogi (vorm)
Exhibitions
Exposiciones
Named Person: Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas; Edgar Degas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kendall; Edgar Degas; Douglas W Druick; Arthur Beale; Joslyn Art Museum.
ISBN: 0300074972 9780300074970
OCLC Number: 38518200
Notes: "Published in conjunction with the exhibition Degas and the Little Dancer, organized and circulated by Joslyn Art Museum ..."--Title page verso.
Description: vii, 192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Foreword and Acknowledgments / John E. Schloder --
1. The World of the Little Dancer --
2. The Making of the Sculpture --
3. "Can Art Descend Lower?" --
4. Framing the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen / Douglas W. Druick --
5. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The Search for the Lost Modele / Arthur Beale --
Lenders to the Exhibition --
Index.
Responsibility: Richard Kendall with contributions by Douglas W. Druick and Arthur Beale.

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Degas's sculpture of the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is one of the most celebrated images of our age. Although it caused immediate controversy when first exhibited in 1881, it is now recognized as the sculptural masterpiece of Impressionism. After the artist's death, the Original wax was reproduced in at least thirty plaster and bronze casts that are now scattered throughout the world and inspire delight among museum-goers and continuing debate among art historians.

This beautiful book is the first full-length study of the subject and offers entirely new perspectives on a work that is widely regarded as a key precursor of twentieth-century sculpture. In three chapters, Richard Kendall analyzes the origins of this distinctive figure in Degas's ballet imagery; explores the condition of French sculpture in the 1870s and the significance of Degas's choice of materials, procedures, and exhibition strategy; and describes the critical responses to the first public display of the statuette, particularly those comparing it with dolls and the art of ancient Egypt. Douglas W. Druick then explores the fascinating association between the sculpture and views of criminality current in the artist's day, and for the first time in the history of the work, Arthur Beale examines the technical character of its variant forms using laboratory analysis and X-ray photography. The book presents sixty-five color plates of major works by Degas that encompass the genesis and legacy of the Little Dancer, as well as a wealth of comparative plates and preparatory drawings, some never before published.

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