Edgar Degas. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Edgar Degas, 1878-1881. Bronze, Airandor-Valsuani cast, 1998.
"The model for Little Dancer Aged Fourteen was Marie van Goethem, a "rat" as novices at the Paris Ballet were called. When the sculpture went on public view at the 1881 Impressionist exhibition, it caused a sensation. The version Degas exhibited was modeled in colored wax, and dressed in a real tutu, silk ballet slippers, and a cloth bodice. Degas further challenged contemporary ideas about sculpture by placing his dancer in a glass display case. The public reaction was immediate: some critics called the sculpture "hideously ugly, while others praised its realistic depiction of a teenage girl."
This bronze was cast in the 1990s, presumably from a plaster version of the original wax sculpture by Degas. There is a controversy surrounding these Airandor-Valsuani reproduction casts though.
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, 2016