This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas's now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. 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, ...
|Title||:||Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece Reviews
I enjoy works by Degas! Receiving this book was a real joy!This short read is a bio on Marie Genevieve van Goethem, who modeled for Degas to earn extra money. She was a young dancer for the Paris Opera, but did not advance very far in the profession. It didn't pay very well either. The story also tells of her family and the poverty they suffered. One really never thinks about the models used in paintings and sculptures, so finding books written about them is really very fascinating. This one is ...more
This would have made an excellent long piece in a magazine. Instead , a not very substantial story was bloated into a short book. Still, I think it is wonderful that the author gave the the model Marie Genevieve van Goethem so much consideration.
"The sculpture allows the emptiness around her to be suggested: no scenery, no company. You walk around a sculpture, taking it in from all sides the way you might examine a question from every angle. The 'little Nana' stands against a backdrop of nothingness." p. 38