About the Artist
This print is a representation of Edgar Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878‒1881)—the central work in the 2014 exhibition Degas's Little Dancer, as well as the inspiration for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' world-premiere musical Little Dancer.
Executed in wax and dressed in a ballerina's tutu, the groundbreaking statuette of a young ballerina caused a sensation when it was exhibited in 1881. Modeled in a colored wax and adorned with real hair and a fabric costume, Little Dancer broke with 19th-century academic practice by introducing unusual mixed materials and representing a provocative modern subject. It is the only sculpture Edgar Degas exhibited publicly.
The young dancer stands posed in a casual fourth position, her back arched, belly forward, hands clasped tightly behind her back. For Degas, she represented the tension inherent in the life of the young dancer, displaying both the awkwardness of youth and the graceful promise of a great ballerina.
- 11 x 14 inches (print)
- 9 x 11.8 inches (image)