Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans
Posthumous Bronze Sculpture, dressed in a cotton skirt with a hair ribbon, sitting on a wooden base.
Height: 99.1 cm
Bronze Number 73
“The Little Dancer, Aged 14” (La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans), created in wax by the major impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) between1879 and 1881 and cast in bronze only after his death, ranks as one of the most cherished and recognizable figures ever sculpted. Realistically modeled in the fourth position and dressed in a real bodice, cotton tutu, ballet shoes and satin hair ribbon this enduring portrait of the young ballerina, a “petit rat de l’opera,” perfectly defines her lissome adolescent anatomy and sustained by an appearance of grace and charm.