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Little dancer aged fourteen : the true story behind Degas's masterpiece

Author: Camille Laurens; Willard Wood
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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She is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? You can admire her figure in Washington, Paris, London, New York, Dresden, or Copenhagen, but where is her grave? We know only her age, fourteen, and the work that she did--because it was already grueling work, at an age when children today are sent to school. In the 1880s, she danced as a "little rat" at the Paris Opera, and what is often a dream for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Laurens, Camille.
Little dancer aged fourteen.
New York : Other Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018002717
Named Person: Edgar Degas; Marie Geneviève van Goethem
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Camille Laurens; Willard Wood
ISBN: 9781590519585 1590519582
OCLC Number: 1020293420
Notes: "Originally published in French as La petite danseuse de quatorze ans in 2017 by Éditions Stock, Paris."
Translated from French.
Description: 166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Petite danseuse de quatorze ans.
Responsibility: Camille Laurens ; translated from the French by Willard Wood.

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She is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? You can admire her figure in Washington, Paris, London, New York, Dresden, or Copenhagen, but where is her grave? We know only her age, fourteen, and the work that she did--because it was already grueling work, at an age when children today are sent to school. In the 1880s, she danced as a "little rat" at the Paris Opera, and what is often a dream for young girls now wasn't a dream for her. She was fired after several years of intense labor; the director had had enough of her repeated absences. She had been working another job, even two, because the few pennies the Opera paid weren't enough to keep her and her family fed. She was a model, posing for painters or sculptors--among them Edgar Degas. Drawing on a wealth of historical material as well as her own love of ballet and personal experiences of loss, Camille Laurens presents a compelling, compassionate portrait of Marie van Goethem and the world she inhabited that shows the importance of those who have traditionally been overlooked in the study of art.

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