Degas and the little dancer book

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degas and the little dancer book

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Camille Laurens: | Books

Look Inside. Nov 20, ISBN She is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? 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. She was fired after several years of intense labor; the director had had enough of her repeated absences. She was a model, posing for painters or sculptors—among them Edgar Degas.
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Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, by Edgar Degas

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

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The petition renewed a debate over the kind of conduct between older, mostly male artists and historically young and female subjects history is willing to not only condone but exalt. As an adult, Degas fraternized with few women aside from his housekeepers. He was a voyeur who adopted the attitude of a father figure, a chauvinist critic who embodied the basics of toxic masculinity. One ballerina died after her tutu lit on fire during a rehearsal. For Degas, the fact that young dancers had sex with old men read not as abuse on the part of the latter but as sin on the part of the former. Degas subscribed to physiognomy, which presumes that criminal behaviors are passed on genetically and thus manifest in physical features. Made of pigmented beeswax, clay and metal armature, and dressed in genuine clothing and slippers, the sculpture was initially derided for resembling a common wax doll.

Degas and the Little Dancer, by Laurence Anholt, is a picture book I found with my daughter at our local library when she was very young a little past 2 and a half. At that time she was completely taken by ballet, and I wanted to find something to enrich her appreciation of art — and steer her away from Disney princesses. Her infatuation started by watching this particular video of Polina Semionova on Youtube, while I was preproducing my movie in Guadalajara, Mexico:. So, finding this little book was amazing. The story deals with a poor girl who very much wants to be a prima ballerina, but has no means to be able to accomplish her dreams. With the help of cranky Degas, the French impressionistic painter from the turn of the 20th century, she finally can attend the ballet academy: he pays her to be his model for some of his most famous paintings and sculptures. The book is a nice organic guide through the ballet series that Degas painted, and all the original paintings and sculptures are featured at the end of the book.


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